Fragment of a tapestry medallion

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


Height x width: 19.5 x 25 cm (7 11/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of dark green wool, ground of outer border and center of red wool; design of four nude female figures and two dog-like animals surrounding a central oval motif that stems from a jar and encloses a female figure; four branches stem from the central motif; design is of red, orange-brown, yellow, green and dark and light blue wool, and natural-colored linen. A better preserved medallion with similar motifs in the Brooklyn Museum is in the form of a spade-shaped leaf.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection