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Tapestry fragment

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


Height x width: 30.7 x 48 cm (12 1/16 x 18 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen, tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp: red wool; ground: red wool. Design consists of human heads; affronted pairs of birds, candelabra tree motifs with rosettes, and jar-like motifs from which stem pairs of affronted animal heads, woven with yellow, green and blue wool and natural-colored linen. Worn and patched. Probably a fragment of a hanging. Design shows Sassanian influence.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912