Fragment of embroidery with grotesque bust

Dimensions
4.7 × 3.5 cm
Date
4th century A.D.
Material
Iconography
Production place
Inventory
97.74.A
ID
Hyp-298
Condition
Detail.
References
Török 2005a, 76, 41. sz.; Török 2005b, 94, no. 41.

Embroidery in purple wool and unbleached linen on unbleached linen tabby ground textile. 

On a small piece of textile cut out from a woven fabric in modern times, a grotesque bust is represented in a circular frame supported by a triangle. Small busts frequently occur from the fourth century onwards on woven monochrome textiles. The playful rendering of the figure recalls stylised heads inserted into floral decorations in Roman mosaics and wall painting from the Imperial period, is also characteristic for a number of similarly fine textiles embroidered in purple wool.