Sleeve band

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


Overall: 12 x 29 cm (4 3/4 x 11 7/16 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 red wool; the design consists of lions and plant motifs with birds that flank a central roundel containing a bust of a haloed figure, probably a saint or a personification?; a square with a bird in each of its four corners frames the medallion; diagonal branch motifs and linear plants are in the borders; design is of dark and light blue and yellow wool and natural-colored linen. The right side of the fragment is torn. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection