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Garment Decoration ("Clavi")

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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.
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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4th-5th century (Early Byzantine)
wool on linen
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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)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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