Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman
3rd–4th century A.D.


Overall: 15.5 x 9.5 cm (6 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of brownish purple wool; interlacing tracery design of natural-colored linen, below this are a narrow border of purple diamonds and lobed forms on a linen ground. Discovered by W.M.F. Petrie in the Greco-Egyptian cemetery of Hawara in Fayûm in 1888. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Amelia B. Edwards