Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century


Height x width: 29 x 19.3 cm (11 7/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Ground of linen; design, woven with dark violet wool, consists of three dancing figures, each framed by an arch; a maenad is under the left arch and a male figure is under each of the two others; the group represents the followers of Dionysus in a celebration.

Credit Line

Gift of Rt. Rev. Mgr. Arthur T. Connolly