Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


23 x 18 cm (9 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool, tapestry weave

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragmentary head of a male saint in 3/4 profile with a brown beard, curly brown hair and large deep blue eyes looking right, forehead missing. Yellow section to left of head; green area to right. Polychrome wool yarns on undyed wool warps, except for restored areas where warps are red. Probably an image of a saint with large eyes immersed in his contemplative mood.


1976, sold by Galerie Uraeus (Galerie d'Art et d'Archéologie Egypte Grèce Rome), Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1976)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund