Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Height x width: 51.5 x 45 cm (20 1/4 x 17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; eccentric weft and hatching

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of linen; design woven in brown wool with details in natural colored linen. Design consists of a square panel with a central circle that encloses a mounted figure, probably a hunter, surrounded by four smaller circles at the corners of the square, each enclosing a hunter (?). A hare is in each of upper and lower areas between the hunters and a panther (?) is on each of the sides of the central circle. The square panel is surrounded by an area of looped weft. The design is similar to that in 01.8353. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst