Tapestry depicting a jeweled cross

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 21 x 17.5 cm (8 1/4 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.1417

Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

On a white ground is a cross with four birds, one in each of its angles. Lozenge and square patterns of jewels decorate the arms of the cross; the lozenges contain small crosses. A pair of floral motifs stem from the corners of each arm. The deisgn is woven with red, two shades of blue, green, yellow and white wool. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection