Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 23 x 19.5 cm (9 1/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment of a medallion woven with pink, red, reddish violet, orange, green, and black wool, on a ground of neutral yellow wool. Much worn. Design consists of a square with a semi-circular motif projecting from each of its four sides, forming a composition related to the eight-pointed motif. A roundel that contains stylized human figures is in the centre of the composition and each of the semi-circular units contains a bird. Floral motifs are in each of the four corners of the square.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection