Busts and Animals Under Tree of Life

late 700s - 800s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This elegant symmetrical roundel, probably from a tunic, features a central tree of life with leaves enclosing the bust of a woman on each side. Animals above the bowl and birds toward the top flank the tree which is framed by a sinuous vine.

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  • Title: Busts and Animals Under Tree of Life
  • Date Created: late 700s - 800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 20.3 x 20.3 cm (8 x 8 in.); Mounted: 28.6 x 28.6 cm (11 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: (Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris), (Goumaronart, Inc., New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Textile
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1982.272
  • Medium: Plain weave and slit-tapestry weave; undyed linen, dyed wool
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Egypt, Islamic period, Abbasid, 8th - 9th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: T - Coptic
  • Accession Number: 1982.272

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