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Tunic Sleeveband

7th century - 10th century
8.4 cm x 9.3 cm (3 5/16 in. x 3 11/16 in.)

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This particular cuffband was cut from a light-colored woolen tunic, and contains a two patterned bands within two borders. The two main pattern zones contain purple, red, and green fish, as well as stylized animals and fish, all on a tan ground. From the top right and the bottom left zone, a cable or interlace pattern is featured, containing what may be smaller animals and baskets of fruit. A simplified meander or step pattern divides the two registers. The outer border of the sleeve decoration are of lotus or arcade derivation, and each unit appears to frame smaller animals, birds, fishes, humans, and baskets of fruit.

D. Thompson, Unpublished Ms. of the Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1976), Cat., no. 122.

Exhibition History
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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.