Fragment of a tapestry border

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 26 x 25 cm (10 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Tapestry band woven into a piece of a looped linen weaving; ground is in red wool and the designs are in natural-colored linen; red, blue and yellow wool. The design consists of a jeweled medallion that encloses a putto holding a basket. The areas flanking the medallion show lotus-like flowers on stylized trees on both sides of a narrow band with stylized leaves. The border encloses linear wavecrest motifs. Design shows Byzantine influence; probably a sleeve band.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection