Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th-9th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 9 x 13 cm (3 9/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen, tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of red wool; design consists of four disconnected diagonal bands forming a lozenge which encloses a tree motif inside an oval medallion; a cross is in the lower part of the fragment; floral motifs on both sides show that the lozenge design is part of a repeated motif; design is woven with light and dark green, red, pink, yellow, blue and brown wool and natural-colored linen. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes