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Fragment of a clavus

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


Overall: 8 x 12 cm (3 1/8 x 4 3/4 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 red wool; design in yellow, green, dark-blue and red wool and natural-colored linen; sewed onto a fragment of linen cloth. Design shows two plant motifs and a branch that forms an oval unit enclosing a tree. The frame, which survived on one side only shows connected discs.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection