Fragment: of a tapestry roundel with the Adoration of the Magi

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


Overall: 17.5 x 18 cm (6 7/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Wool

Not On View


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



Warp of natural-colored linen; ground of the main area is of red wool and the design is of yellow, green, blue, and dark brown wool and natural-colored linen. The design shows the seated Virgin Mary holding Christ, the Child; facing her is a human figure; the upper half of the roundel shows a haloed figure (Saint Joseph ) flanked by two figures, the one on the right holds an elongated container and that on the left holds an undefined object. A bird faces the central figure in the upper half of the roundel. The main area is framed by three borders, one with a row of small square and rectangular motifs framed by a row of connected oval-shaped units with branch-like designs on a natural-colored linen ground; the motifs in the third border are worn out. Sewed on a light-yellow woolen cloth. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews