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Square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Object Place: Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 22.6 x 23.3 cm (8 7/8 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

51.564

Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry weaving

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Square medallion of purple wool on a white woolen ground; the design consists of a central roundel enclosing eight vases which alternate with vine leaves and a smaller circle with four cone-shaped and vine leaf motifs; a square with a bird (duck ) in each of its four corners frames the roundel; scrolls enclosing animals (hares, lions, deer ) frame the central square; the legs of the birds on the corners of the square and the tongues of some of the animals in the scrolls are in red wool.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection