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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Medallion, 5th–7th century

type: medallion

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Square of wool tapestry containing an almost frontal bust of a woman with dark hair knotted at the back, gazing to her left, on a red ground. Broad frame imitating gold set with cabochons and rectangular faceted jewels in blue, green, red and white. The woman is wearing a pink garment with perhaps a mantle of sky blue on her right shoulder; she wears a white band in her hair, which is mingled dark blue and brown wefts.


John Pierpont Morgan