Medallion

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 21 x 22.5 cm (8 1/4 x 8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1443

Medium or Technique

Wool and linen; tapestry

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

The ground of the mainfield is dark red. The design consists of birds, animals, mermaids (?) and human figures. In the lower part are two fish-like creatures each swallowing a man, probably representing Jonah and the whale (?). The mainfield is framed by scalloped motifs; similar to 11.1436. The design is woven with green, yellow, blue, pink and red wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection