Fragment of a tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 18 x 15.5 cm (7 1/16 x 6 1/8 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; the design shows two plants with flowers, one in the upper half of the roundel and the other in the lower half, each flanked by two animals. The tree in the lower half is flanked by a hare and a lion. The other animals are unidentifiable. The ground is in green wool and the design is in red, yellow, brown and purple wool and natural colored linen; sewed onto deep salmon-colored woolen fabric.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection