Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 10 1/16 x 4 1/8 in. (25.5 x 10.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Pinkish red woolen ground in which are woven circles enclosing human figures framed by arches (?). Triangular motifs bracket the areas between the circles, sewn onto a linen fabric. The design is of green, light and dark blue, yellow and red wool, and natural colored linen. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection