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"Elephant Tamer" Textile

10th century
19.9 cm x 35.4 cm (7 13/16 in. x 13 15/16 in.)

Not on view


Exposition d'art Byzantin (Paris, 1931), 105, cat. no. 273.

International Exhibition of Persian Art (London, 1931), Gallery II, Case 38, 0, Cat. 2nd ed., p. 27.

Schmidt, H. in Belvedere (1931), pl. 49, I, p. 8 (reference from Volbach, Spätantike..see below).

Volbach, W.F., G. Salles, G. Duthuit, Art byzantin; cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces choisies parmi les plus représentatives des diverses tendances, accompagnées d'exposés techniques par Georges Duthuit et de notices descriptives et bibliographiques par dr. F. Volbach (Paris, 1931), 74, pl. 88.

Volbach, W.F. Spätantike und Frühmittelalterliche Stoffe (Katalog des Römisch-Germanisches Zentral Museums, Mainz, 1932), 74, no. 45A.

Catalogue of Textile Fabrics, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, compiled by Frances Morris, 1940 (unpublished), vol. III, 101.

Peirce, Hayford and Tyler, Royall, "Three Byzantine Works of Art," Dumbarton Oaks Papers 2.

Weitzmann, K., book review of Dumbarton Oaks Papers 2, in Art Bulletin XXV.2 (June 1943).

Two Thousand Years of Silk Weaving, exh. cat. Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art (Jan.-Feb. 1944) and Detroit Institute of Arts (to June 1944), cat. no. 19, pl. 6.

A.C. Weibel, 2,000 Years of Textiles (New York, 1952) no. 97.

W. F. Volbach, Il Tessuto nell'arte antica (Milan, 1966), no. 58.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 374.

D. Shepherd, "Medieval Persian Silks in Fact and Fancy," Bulletin de Liasion du Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens, vols. I and II (1974), 156, note: pp. 158-159 (mentioned in a letter of Leigh Ashton): 161, no. 3

D. Thompson, Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (unpublished manuscript), (1976), no. 173.

C. Stavrakos, "The Elephant: A Rare Motif on the Byzantine Lead Seal," Proceedings of the 1st International Congress for Sino-Greek Studies (Ioannina, Cyprus 2008), 291, 299 pl. 5.

Exhibition History
London, International Exhibition of Persian Art , 1931

Paris, Exposition d'art Byzantin, 1931

Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Museum of Art, November 10-December 29, 1941

Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science and Art, "Two Thousand Years of Silk Weaving," Jan.-Feb. 1944 and Detroit Institute of Arts, to June 1944.

Acquisition History
Probably found at Rayy, Iran (with group of textiles excavated in 1925)

Purchased from Paul Mallon, Paris, October 1927 (who acquired it from Rowland Read)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.

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