Fragment of a band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Overall: 16 x 45 cm (6 5/16 x 17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Warp of linen; ground of natural colored linen; design of red and green wool and natural-colored linen. Design consists of a band of a scrolled branch with vine leaves flanked by two rows of connected heart-shaped motifs (leaves ) on each side; spiral lines are at one end of each of the heart-shaped motifs and small trefoil leaves are between them. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection