Tapestry fragment

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


Height x width: 27.3 x 23.3 cm (10 3/4 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen

Not On View


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



A woman’s head and shoulders, woven in reddish brown, dark blue, light neutral yellow, green, and orange wool. The warp is linen. The nose and the eyebrows are defined by straight vertical and horizonatal lines. The figure is wearing a head band and a tunic with two clavi; figure may represent a personification; probably a fragment of a covering or a hanging.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection