Fragment of tapestry band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 7.5 x 28 cm (2 15/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Warp, linen; ground of red, design of blue, light yellow and green wool, with touches of natural colored linen. Design shows three connected oval-shaped medallions, each enclosing a roundel that frames a bird. Leaf-shaped motifs fill the triangular areas between the medallions. The ground in the border is dark blue with scrolled motifs in light yellow. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection