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Garment Decoration ("Clavi")


Description Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description Images of wine jugs and grape vines were common on clavi (vertical strips of ornamentation). While the meaning was probably secular, vases and vines later evolved into a religious motif symbolizing eternal life or the "Tree of Life." These "clavi" are characteristic of the monochromatic style of purple wool woven onto white linen.
Exhibitions
  • Recent Accessions. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Kelekian [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1980, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Kelekian, 1980

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Period
4th-5th century (Early Byzantine)
Medium
wool on linen
(Textiles)
Accession Number
83.738
Measurements
a: 7 1/16 x 1 in. (17.94 x 2.54 cm); b: 6 15/16 x 7/8 in. (17.62 x 2.22 cm); c: 5 9/16 x 1 in. (14.13 x 2.54 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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