Square tapestry medallion

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


Height x width: 20 x 18.5 cm (7 7/8 x 7 5/16 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



Warp of linen; ground of natural colored linen; design in plum colored wool, center gone. Design surrounding the missing central area shows undulating branches (scroll motif) forming circular areas that enclose single fruits and flowers, of which some are pomegranates, trefoil flowers, vine leaves and pine-cone-like motifs. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection