Ornament for tunic

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th-6th century A.D.

Object Place: Mediterranean (Eastern)


9.8 x 9.8 cm (3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry-woven silk and linen yarns

Not On View


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



Warp: Fine natural colored linen, doubled (occasionally three or more strands) 18-20 to cm. Weft: colored silk, with a little plain linen having tripled weft, turned in at top and bottom. Ground: soft neutral green. Design: horseman in roundel within square, woven with cream colored and brown silk and a little red silk, framed by border of water birds chasing fish, red fruit between. Copy: a similar square but with the horseman facing the opposite direction in Victoria and Albert Museum.


Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf. By 1934, Dr. H. Burg, Haarlem, the Netherlands; 1935, sold by Dr. H. Burg to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 7, 1935)

Credit Line

1931 Purchase Fund