Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 38 x 37 cm (14 15/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Ground, natural colored linen; design woven in violet, yellow, green and red wool. Design consists of an equestrian figure, probably a hunter, in a central circle surrounded by four baskets filled with flowers. At each of the four corners of the panel is a smaller circle that encloses a kneeling figure, The figure on the upper left holds a basket, that on the upper right appears to be holding a shield and the one on the lower right carries a bird. The lower left corner of the panel is damaged. From Akhmîm.


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

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund