Fragment of ornament

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


Height x width: 11.5 x 19.3 cm (4 1/2 x 7 5/8 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; design of a leaf motif on a stem, woven into a piece of a natural-colored linen fabric. Ground in the leaf is reddish purple wool containing a winged putto inside a circular area. Two semi-circular branches stem from the top of the circular motif; design is woven in black wool and natural-colored linen. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection