Fragment of a tapestry

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Christian or Early Islamic
6th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 35.6 x 6.5 cm (14 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Natural colored linen; with a design woven with red, blue, green and yellow wool and natural colored linen. Design shows an entwined branch with trefoil leaves and floral motifs that stem from both sides; a pendant that ends with a medallion is at one end of the band; the medallion contains a trefoil leaf that stems from a cross. The band is probably a fragment of a shoulder band (clavus). Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection