byzantium textile, egyptian textile, musician textile

Taking a moment to contemplate a truly old man-made object is a bit like looking up at a star-filled sky; it’s a reminder of how fleeting and insignificant the near constant distractions of daily life really are.  The Metropolitan Museum’s current exhibition, Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition is full of such pinpoints for a larger perspective. Case in point: the Egyptian fragment pictured above, dating from the 8th-10th century.

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