6 December 2007,
Price realised USD 13,750
USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A MIDDLE BYZANTINE TEXTILE FRAGMENT
EGYPT, CIRCA 10TH-12TH CENTURY A.D.
Preserving a border of polychrome silk embroidery over linen, with panels of Christian iconography, including three panels of single haloed draped figures, one panel of two haloed draped figures, and a fragmentary panel with one draped figure, interspersed with crosses, lozenges and an oval
40 7/8 in. (103.8 cm.) long
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For fragments of a similar liturgical band see no. 171, pp. 134-135 in Wamser, Die Welt von Byzanz - Europas Östiches Erbe.
Auktion Fischer, Lucerne, June 1961, lot 561-4.
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