Fragment of border

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th–9th century A.D.


Height x width: 11.5 x 37 cm (4 1/2 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Ground of dark brown wool; design of three diamonds alternating with three round medallions; two of the medallions enclose busts and one encloses an animal (panther ); the diamonds enclose birds. Flanking the diamonds and medallions are birds and plants; design woven in red, yellow, light blue, brown and white wool and natural-colored linen; ground of the border in yellow wool with a design of festooned motifs in red wool on one side and red and brown wool on the other. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection