Fragment of medallion tapestry

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 14 x 13 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/8 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 brownish green wool, with design of slightly plum-colored wool and natural colored linen, woven into a piece of white woolen fabric. Design consists of a male figure holding a weapon that he directs towards a group of fish facing him. The figure may represent Poseidon  and the weapon maybe his trident. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection