Betsy Bevis is a student in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, based in the Department of History of Art. Her interests include the art and archaeology of Late Antiquity, textiles and the Roman textile industry, and space, movement and meaning in Roman architecture.

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Bénazeth, D. 2006. “From Thais to Thaias: Reconsidering Her Burial in Antinoopolis (Egypt).” In Textiles in Situ: Their Find Spots in Egypt and Neighboring Countries in the First Millennium CE, Riggisberger Berichte 13, edited by S. Schrenk, 69-83. Riggisberg: Abegg-Stiftung. Carroll, D. 1988. Looms and Textiles of the Copts: First Millennium Egyptian Textiles in the […]

Fragment of a Tapestry Hanging

This fragment of a wool tapestry wall hanging includes the border of two roundels separated by a stylized palm leaf on a red ground. Few traces of the motif at the center of the roundels have survived, but the two border zones are preserved. Outlined in white, the right outer border consists of stepped geometric […]

Creating Comfort: Furnishing Textiles in Roman Domestic Spaces

Furnishing textiles – rugs, curtains, cushions, bedcovers, and table linens – were ubiquitous in Roman houses and were an essential part of creating beautiful and comfortable domestic spaces. While textiles like the ones from the Eton College Meyers collection shown in The Roman House at Hopkins were used throughout the empire, they have decayed in […]

Fragment of a Bedcover or Rug

This small textile fragment has a purple ground and a pattern of diamonds and geometric fretwork, similar in appearance to the hooked lozenges on modern folk textiles of the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The geometric pattern on this piece is executed in a heavy white wool(?) thread in a brocade technique. The warp and […]

Fragment of Rag Patchwork

This textile fragment is a patchwork that consists of a piece of loosely woven blue wool sewn to a piece of white linen with heavy pink cord. The fragments are joined with a line of running stitches through the center of the piece and a row of whip-stitches along one long edge. Because textiles were […]

Pair of Curtain Fragments

This pair of large decorative medallions appears to be a set and may have been cut from a single curtain, or a pair of identical curtains. From the accession numbers, it seems plausible that both fragments entered the Eton College collection at the same time. Furthermore, the close visual similarity of the pair suggests a […]

Fragment of a Curtain

ECM 6300 is a large decorative panel of purple wool tapestry cut from the plain white linen ground of a curtain. The decorative panel consists of an almond-shaped lozenge bordered with a garland of grape leaves. A long pendant with a grape-leaf medallion descends from the lower point of the lozenge. The interior of the […]