Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Tapestry and Linen Combined

When I was in New York, I visited the Metropolitan Museum and saw this amazing fragmentary Coptic textile.

Fragment from a Coptic Hanging, 5th century, linen, wool, plain weave, tapestry weaving, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
What is so extraordinary is the combination of linen with tapestry. In the detail image below you can see where the two mediums meet. Perhaps some of you are thinking 'Oh, I've seen this combination before...' but for me it was real eye-opener and a method of construction I had never seen before. Please excuse the reflection of the display case in the photo below.

I encountered this fragment near the new Islamic Art galleries in the museum. Here are a couple of pictures I took with a panoramic app on my phone, to give you a sense of the creative way the objects and architectural elements have been displayed:

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