Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 46 x 53 cm (18 1/8 x 20 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool, with looped weft

Not On View


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



Looped linen weaving in which a square of tapestry is woven with violet, pink, red, green and yellow wool. The design inside the square is of a central eight pointed motif surrounded by eight circles of interlaced cables, each enclosing a vine leaf (?). The eight circles are framed by a circle and an outer square; a vine leaf is in each of the corners of the square. Surrounding the square are circles of which the four on the corners enclose baskets with fruits, or flowers, and the remainder eight, each encloses flowers. Probably a fragment of a shawl or a covering.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund