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Fragment of a tapestry roundel

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


Height x width: 13.5 x 15 cm (5 5/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



A circular medallion sewed on to a piece of yellow woolen cloth. In the center is a head, this is surounded by a wide and narrow border, the design of the wide border consists of animals and plants, of the narrow border of heart-shaped forms. Woven with natural colored linen and brown, yellow, blue, pink and green wool. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Lindon Smith