Fragment of a hanging

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

Object Place: Egypt


98 x 56.5 cm (38 9/16 x 22 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool plain weave with tapestry-woven insert, wool cord trim

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Ground of green wool with a roundel. Design in the roundel, woven with yellow, green, red and blue wool, shows a winged bust in a central medallion surrounded by four smaller medallions; between these are Nilotic motifs including a sailing putto on the upper left, a crocodile on the upper right, a fish and a bird on the lower right; and a dog occupies the lower left side; lotus leaves and flowers surround these figures. The winged bust in the center resembles personifications of seasons in Roman mosaics and the composition of four smaller roundels around the central medallion suggests Sassanian influence.


Dikran G. Kelekian; purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, April 10, 1947

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund