Fragment of medallion

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


Overall: 12.3 x 11.5 cm (4 13/16 x 4 1/2 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 red wool; design of light and dark blue, green, yellow, red and pink wool and white linen. Design shows a fragmentary roundel enclosing an eight pointed star that frames four crowned (?) female heads, each in one corner and a bird inside a lozenge in each of the other corners; very worn. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst