Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th-5th century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall: 27 x 36 cm (10 5/8 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.177

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool, with eccentric weft (S-spun)

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Natural colored linen with a tree shaped tapestry medallion. The tree is woven with dark brown wool on a light natural-colored linen ground. On the central stem is a Greek inscription signifying fertility (Euphoria). A branch that carries fruits and leaves stems from each side of the central stem; and a bird is on each side of the two branches. The inscription shows that the motifs in the tapestry are meant to express the abundance of life.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection