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wall hanging
  • Egypt
  • wall hanging, late 1800s–1929
  • Where object was made: Egypt
  • cotton, cloth, appliqué, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width: 185.5 x 97 cm
    Object Height/Width: 73 1/16 x 38 3/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Waggoner
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6570
Label Text

The rectangular wall hanging has cotton backing and a light natural colored field. The top band of decoration has stylized flowers in light brown with dark brown detail and blue teardrops between. It has scalloped lines in red and light brown.

There is a scarab beetle with bird wings spread wide with red detail at the head and a brown body with brown, light brown, and black wings.

The center image has a standing figure with the crown of Upper Egypt (shaped like a bowling pin), and a crook and flail crossed in front of his chest. He is standing between the arms of a female figure, possibly identified as the goddess Hathor, with red horns and a light brown circle between. Her arms have wings in light brown, light natural, and black. She has a long dress in blue. She holds an ankh in her proper left hand. There are blue heiroglyphics above the male figure. There is a vertical row of images on either side of the central image: a small red rectangle with a wide light natural border above a stylized flower in light brown or brown and blue, a different form of stylized flower in blue, red, light natural, and brown, and a brown scarab beetle with red and light blue wings and red detail on the body on a brown field.

The bottom panel has stylized plants in the center with red or light brown stems and tulip-like flowers in light brown and black or teardrop shaped flowers in light brown. It has a green panel. The standing figure, possibly Hathor, on either side faces inward. She wears a red dress, holds a staff in one hand and flail in another. She has white horns with a circle between. There are stylized brown and light natural plants below.

The border is brown and light brown blocks with small black and light natural blocks between. It has red edging.