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Wall Hanging or Curtain Fragment with Dancer
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Wall Hanging or Curtain Fragment with Dancer


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description This nude male dancer, wearing a torque and holding two flower staffs, was likely one of a pair or set of such dancers decorating a larger wall hanging or curtain fragment. Curtains and wall hangings were used in private homes, as well as in public and religious buildings, to prevent drafts, divide spaces, and provide privacy. The tapestry weave of this piece is ideal for such textiles, as it produces a design that can be viewed from either side.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/15/1938Treatmentcleaned; mounted
11/03/1969Treatmentre-housed
Exhibitions
  • Man: Glory, Jest, and Riddle, A Survey of the Human Form Through the Ages. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco. 1964-1965.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1926 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1926

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Creator
Period
5th -6th century (Early Byzantine)
Medium
wool, linen warp: 1 ply tan linen spun left weft: 1 ply tan linen spun left weft: 1 ply wool s spun weft: 1 ply purple, red and green s spun technique: tapestry over 2 warps taken on tabby..
(Textiles)
Accession Number
83.460
Measurements
24 1/2 x 8 1/8 x 1/16 in. (62.3 x 20.6 x 0.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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