Unidentified designer Roundel fragment with water fowl 4th-6th century C.E.

  • Not on view

Looping, knitting, felting, and plaiting have been staple techniques for manipulating fibers since prehistoric times. This ancient textile, one of the first pieces to enter MoMA’s collection, was exhibited in 1931 alongside works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Seurat—painters who recognized analogies between certain styles of ancient and modern art, particularly in their shared departures from realistic depiction.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020
Wool and linen
8 × 10 3/4" (20.3 × 27.3 cm)
Lillie P. Bliss Collection
Object number
Architecture and Design

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