Fragment of a border

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Height x width: 12 x 13.5 cm (4 3/4 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



White woolen cloth; in the middle is a dark blue band edged with narrow yellow, blue and white stripes. On the blue band are trees with yellow stems, three red heart-shaped fruits with white outlines, and green leaves, alternating with women with one arm up and the other down (orantes?) and with red skirts, white upper garments and pale pink hair or halo. Beyond the white bands are broad red ones and three broad white ones with a row of triangles; from the apex of every other one rises a V-shaped form, above the alternate triangles are three red dots. The whole border is edged by dark blue lines. Much worn.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection