Tapestry fragment

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


Height x width: 5 1/8 x 8 1/4 in. (13 x 21 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of deep violet wool with design of red and green wool and natural colored linen. Design consists of two bands, each showing a row of rectangular units that contain oval-shaped motifs, of which one encloses a figure, probably a putto and the others contain fruits and floral motifs. There is also a bird in the left side band. Design shows Roman influence. From Akhmîn.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund