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Tapestry band

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


Height x width: 15.5 x 34 cm (6 1/8 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Linen warp; woolen and linen weft; ground is in pinkish red wool; design in green, red and yellow wool and white linen consists of branches that form lozenges, each enclosing a heart-shaped leaf; in the middle are two narrow bands with scrolled branches that divide the design and flank a female figure with arms stretched out holding a shawl (nereid ); a fish, a human head, two crosses and a bird (?) surround the female figure; the border encloses small rectangular motifs. Design shows Byzantine influence. Importation 204.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection