Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th–9th century A.D.


Overall: 21.5 x 16.5 cm (8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool tapestry

Not On View


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



White woolen ground; on two sides are dark blue borders with plain, deep pink guard bands. The design on the blue bands consists of lyre-like forms separated by diamond-shaped motives, made up of small spots of color. The lyre-like forms are made with diagonal stitches, giving the effect of embroidery. Attached to one border is a pink half circle with indistinguishable forms, possibly representing human figures (dancing?). Woven with dark blue, light green and yellow wool. Probably a fragment of a garment.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection