Fragment of medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 10 x 17 cm (3 15/16 x 6 11/16 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; ground of red wool; design in dark blue, red, green, yellow and brown wool and natural-colored linen. Fragment shows part of rectangular medallion framed by an area enclosing motifs of birds, round leaves, probably lotus plants, and a hare; part of a circular motif shows that the rectagular design originally enclosed a roundel. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection