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  • Textile Fragment, 5th century
    Byzantine; Made in Egypt
    Polychrome wool and undyed linen, tapestry, weave; 25 5/8 x 38 1/4 in. (65.1 x 97.2 cm)
    Gift of George F. Baker, 1890 (90.5.807)

    This fragment was perhaps part of a cover originally decorated with identical ornamentation at each end. The richly colored geometric patterns are filled with plant forms reminiscent of Dionysian imagery. The eight-pointed stars formed from overlaid squares may have been meant to offer magical protection to its owner.

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  • Textile Fragment, 5th century
    Byzantine; Made in Egypt
    Polychrome wool and undyed linen, tapestry, weave; 25 5/8 x 38 1/4 in. (65.1 x 97.2 cm)
    Gift of George F. Baker, 1890 (90.5.807)

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