Dating textiles

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of George F. The major design elements in the hanging measure as follows: right peacock: 27.5 × 40 cm; left peacock: 28 × 42 cm; horizontal branch on which the peacocks rest: 5 × 73 cm; wreath with cross: 30 × 36 cm; each roundel: approximately 23 × 23 cm; field with nine roundels: 71 × 74 cm.

The purple-colored wool weft is a combination of two differently colored fibers spun together, blue and brown.

These features make it suitable for furnishings, such as hangings suspended vertically within spaces and against walls (fig. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, BZ.1953.2.100. Fragment of a Hanging, probably 4th–6th century; weft-loop pile in multicolored wool on plain-weave ground in undyed linen; 33.5 × 15.5 cm. Indeed it is likely that weft-loop pile developed to replicate the visual effects of mosaics, as textiles have the distinct advantage of being easily movable according to owners’ changing needs or aesthetic preferences. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, BZ.1938.74,b.1.

2a–c), and as covers and blankets for horizontal surfaces (figs. Artwork in the public domain; photograph © Dumbarton Oaks, Byzantine Collection, Washington, DC. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC, BZ.1953.2.101a–b. Fragment of a Hanging, probably 4th–6th century; weft-loop pile in multicolored wool on plain-weave ground in undyed linen; 14.0 × 13.5 cm. For a sleeve fragment of a tunic with loop pile on the reverse (the original interior of the tunic), see Metropolitan Museum of Art, 90.5.829, Artwork in the public domain; photograph © Dumbarton Oaks, Byzantine Collection, Washington, DC.

Archaeolingua 29, Budapest, 189-192., 2013new Aedu.

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