Fragment with two Tapestry bands

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


Overall: 53.4 x 52.5 cm (21 x 20 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Wool

Not On View


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



All linen with two bands of decoration sewed on; warp of linen; grounds of red and blue wool; designs of white linen and green, yellow, pinkish red and orange-brown wool. The right band shows a centaur surrounded by stylized floral motifs and a winged Triton (?); the left band shows a haloed female figure with raised hands, a seated fisherman and two sailing putti surrounded by fish and plants. The clothing of the female figure suggests an Indian influence and the centaur, the putti and Triton show Roman influence. Probably a fragment of a garment with two shoulder bands.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund