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Band Fragment with Masks, Lotus Flowers, and Birds

Band Fragment with Masks, Lotus Flowers, and Birds

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Lotus blossoms, a decorative element frequently encountered on textiles found in Egypt, are combined with stylized heads reminiscent of theater masks-a motif known in Greco-Roman and Sasanian art. The polychrome examples seen here also incorporate flying birds. Each band is finished with a running wave border. Art of the early Byzantine period often marries busts or heads, sometimes personifying the seasons or the earth, with images of abundance, such as fruits, flowers, or animals. These images were intended to protect the wearer and to attract good fortune and prosperity.
Made in Byzantine Egypt



The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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