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Roundel (Orbiculus)

7th century - 10th century
9.8 x 9.4 cm (3 7/8 x 3 11/16 in.)
wool and linen

Not on view


This roundel is one of a pair (with BZ.1953.2.22) of polychrome roundels. They were woven into brown wool tapestry, and probably from a tunic. The pattern on each features a nude man with an upraised arm, in right profile, surrounded by at least five animals. Directly over each figure, is a diamond shaped motif, dotted in the center, with a volute at the top. The colors used are undyed linen, undyed tan, dark brown, dark blue, medium blue, medium green, yellow, orange (all wool).

D. Thompson, Unpublished Ms. of the Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1976), Cat., no. 149a-b.

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.