Leaf-shaped medallion

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


Overall: 8 x 10.5 cm (3 1/8 x 4 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, natural-colored linen; weft, linen and wool. Ground bright dark blue; design in light blue, green, yellow, red, and light tan. The design in a leaf-shaped medallion shows a stylized plant motif with two branches and fruit (?) motifs on each side and a heart-shaped floral form in the center. Two round motifs flank the stem. The composition is framed by a plain red border. Design shows Sasanian influence (?)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection