Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 46 x 24 cm (18 1/8 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry, looped weft; eccentric weft and hatching

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of linen; design of dark-brown wool with details in yellow wool and 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, each enclosing a hunter, on the corner of the square. An animal, probably a panther is between the circles on the right side; and two hares, one is above and the other is below the central circle. Above and below the square panel are areas of looped weft. Design shows Roman influence. The design is similar to that in 98.51.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund