Tapestry depicting a jeweled cross

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 19.5 x 21.5 cm (7 11/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

04.1986

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Warp of linen; ground of green wool, with a design of a cross woven with red and yellow wool and natural colored linen. A disc in the center of the cross is surrounded by eight smaller ones. Square and round jewel-like patterns decorate the arms of the cross. Design shows Byzantine influence. Similar to 04.1985.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund