Tapestry fragment

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


Height x width: 9 x 12 cm (3 9/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



The design shows a basket with a plant and three triangular units, each enclosing a group of small square motifs arranged in a triangular shape; two of the triangular units flank the plant and one is above it. The small units may represent grape motifs (?) The basket is decorated with a row of disconnected oval-shaped motifs and diagonal lines. The plant motifs are framed by a semi-circular border. Woven with red, green, yellow, dark blue and pink wool and linen thread.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection