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Fragment of medallion

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


Overall: 27 x 31 cm (10 5/8 x 12 3/16 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; the design consists of a central medallion enclosing two animals under a plant. Surrounding the medallion are stylized plant motifs, animals and birds. The border consists of a scroll with lotus-like flowers at both sides framed by two narrower borders; woven with yellow, green, blue, red and orange wool and natural-colored linen. Motifs and composition are similar to those in 96.130a-b. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection