Fragment of a square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 31.7 x 32.5 cm (12 1/2 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft, dovetailed

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of natural-colored linen, with design of four circles enclosing animals and men surrounded by a border of circles, and woven of plum-colored, green and red wool, and natural-colored linen. The two circles at the top of the composition show a running male figure in one and a hare in the other. The other two circles show a similar running figure in one and a panther in the other. This composition is inside a square.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection