Fragment of a square medallion

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


Overall: 20.5 x 22.3 cm (8 1/16 x 8 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 pink wool; design consists of a lozenge fromed by four diagonal bands connected by half circles; each of the bands encloses birds; inside the lozenge is an eight pointed medallion outlined by four lobes and four corners of a square enclosing birds (?). Each corner of the square medallion shows a triangular motif similar to part of the design in the eight pointed motif; the borders enclose rows of connected discs; design is woven with pink, green, yellow, blue and brown wool and natural-colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection