Tapestry bands

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


Height x width: 29 x 36.2 cm (11 7/16 x 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry, hatching and eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Two tapestry bands, woven in plain natural colored linen; ground of linen, with design of brown wool, consisting of semi-circular branch-like motifs framing four dancing figures in each band. The figures resemble those in Dionysiac scenes. Two of the figures in each band are surrounded by hatching and the other two are surrounded by branches. Design shows Roman influence. The double bands suggest that these were sleeve bands.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot III, 24.£17)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund