Medallion and three fragments of border

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


Height x width (a): 19.3 x 3.9 cm (7 5/8 x 1 9/16 in.) Height x width (b): 15.5 x 4 cm (6 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.) Height x width (c): 17.5 x 3.2 cm (6 7/8 x 1 1/4 in.) Height x width (d): 11 x 10.3 cm (4 5/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, ground of brownish violet wool woven into natural-colored linen;
04.2015a-c: Design in each of the three band fragments consists of a row of connected oval-shaped motifs, each containing an S-like design. The ovals in a and b are woven with red wool and the ground with brownish violet wool. Two of the ovals in c are in natural-colored linen.
04.2015d: Design in the center of the square panel is of an undefined brownish animal on a natural-colored linen ground, surounded by a border of connected lozenges in red wool; each lozenge contains an S-like motifs. From Akhmîn.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund