The offering to Bacchus from a set of five grotesques
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977.437.4
This tapestry belongs to a set called the Berain Grotesques, in reference to the pervasive stylistic influence of Jean Berain (1640-1711), who may even have provided preliminary sketches. The Classical architecture, flora, fauna and figures against the blank ground was in emulation of the Roman wall-paintings excavated in the subterranean chambers of Nero’s palace in Rome.
Insert from a coptic garment
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Egypt, 7th to 8th century AD
Linen and Wool, tapestry weave, plain weave
Inserts like this, called orbiculi, were widely used as decorations for coptic tunics. The style is greatly influenced by sasanid silks and could therefore be placed in the transition period between byzantine and islamic culture.