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Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Height x width (tapestry medallion): 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Medallion made of more than one piece. On a red ground is a large crowned human figure carrying (?) a figure on a throne; two haloed human figures flank the crowned figure. The border encloses lotus-like motifs on both sides of a scrolling branch. The warp is natural-colored linen and the design is woven with red, green, yellow, pink and brown wool and natural colored-linen. The style and the colors are similar to those used in the group of Coptic tapestries that represent scenes from the story of the Patriarch Joseph. Similar to 15.699. The scene may represent Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection