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Fragment with a tapestry medallion

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


Height x width: 17 x 16.5 cm (6 11/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Sewed on to a piece of natural colored linen is a small round medallion woven with pink, green, dark blue and yellow wool. In the middle is a pink circle with a basket of fruit on it, on each of the four sides is a yellow circle enclosing a walking bird; between the outer circles and radiating from the middle ones are conventional flowers. The whole is held in by a pink band that follows the outline of the design. The small size of the medallion (5.3 x 4 cm.) suggests that this is probably a fragment of a child’s garment.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection