Object Name: Square
Date: 5th–7th century
Geography: Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium: Linen, wool
Dimensions: Textile: H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
W. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
Mount: H. 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm)
W. 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm)
D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number: 90.5.848
This small tapestry panel comes from Egypt. It was originally used as an appliqué on a larger textile, probably as part of a set. Egypt had a major weaving (especially linen) industry throughout the ancient and medieval period, which brought the country a great deal of its trade and wealth. Unlike the textiles of other cultures, many of these pieces have been preserved by Egypt's hot, dry climate, which prevents rotting.
Personifications of the seasons were thought to represent prosperity. The pink blossoms suggest that this figure is Spring.