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Fragment of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Height x width: 12.5 x 13.5 cm (4 15/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Red woolen ground woven on a natural linen warp; the design shows floating putti, of which one holds a duck, another carries a plate with fruits and a third holds a hare; part of a fourth putto is at the right end of the fragment; the design is woven with yellow, light and dark brown and light green wool; the upper border shows an undulating line with yellow discs on both sides; and the lower border encloses fish and other water creatures, woven with red, green and yellow wool on a dark brown woolen ground. Design shows Roman influence. Probably a fragment of a collar.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection