Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Overall: 46 x 67 cm (18 1/8 x 26 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool with eccentric weft and hatching

Not On View


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



An eight-pointed star in violet wool and white linen details is woven into a plain linen ground; the star encloses four leaf-shaped motifs in four of its corners and branches with three leaves in the other four; a roundel enclosing a four petal rosette is in the center; two narrow bands, of which one ends with a leaf, extend from two points of the star.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund