Square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 24 x 20.5 cm (9 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



The ground of the main field is natural colored linen; in a brownish violet roundel is a kneeling man holding a shield (warrior) and woven with brownish violet and red wool. The wide border has a brownish violet ground and circles enclosing human heads or lions; between these are four leaf-like forms springing from the corners of a circle. Part of the same garment of 15.442.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection