Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Saracenic)
probably 10th–11th century


Height x width: 8 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (21 x 10.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk; light, neutral, yellow linen

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: fine cream linen cloth. Sewed at sides and bottom to coarser linen cloth. Design: silk tapestry of red, yellow, light-blue, dark-blue and green on the ground material. Series of bands with connected ovals contain yellow or red rabbit on blue rondel or red star. Bands are separated by lines of cream Kufic writing (.01 high) on yellow silk ground, decorated with red and green dots. Very fragmentary. Inscription: undeciphered. See note.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection