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Busts and Animals Under Tree of Life

Busts and Animals Under Tree of Life

late 700s - 800s

Plain weave and slit-tapestry weave; undyed linen, dyed wool

Overall: 19.6 x 20.2 cm (7 11/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1982.272

Description

This elegant symmetrical roundel, probably from a tunic, features a central tree of life with leaves enclosing the bust of a woman on each side. Animals above the bowl and birds toward the top flank the tree which is framed by a sinuous vine.

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