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Roundel (Orbiculus)

7th century - 10th century
15.1 cm x 14 cm (5 15/16 in. x 5 1/2 in.)

Not on view


This tapestry medallion is a roundel cut from a light colored wool tunic. The border consists of zig-zag bands which are grouped according to hue, with diamond shapes marking the main axes. There is an inner plain border. In the center of the roundel, on a red background, is a figure facing right. The field behind this figure is filled by three groups of two foliate forms each, oriented to the left and right. The colors used are undyed light, purple, dark blue, medium blue, green, apricot, yellow, red, and pink (all wool).

D. Thompson, Unpublished Ms. of the Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1976), Cat., no. 154.

Exhibition History
See Provenance.

Acquisition History
Collection of Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934), San Francisco, CA.

By descent to her four children, Ethel Mary Cocker De Limur (1891-1964), William W. Crocker (1893-1964), Helen Crocker Russell (1897-1966), and Charles Wynn Crocker (1904-1961), 1934.

On loan to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953, when the collection was shipped to Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

Gift of William W. Crocker, Helen Crocker Russell, Ethel Mary de Limur, and Charles Crocker in memory of their mother, Mrs. William H. Crocker, 1955.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.