Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 40.5 x 58 cm (15 15/16 x 22 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Wool on linen ground with eccentric weft (S-Spun)

Not On View


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



A linen fragment with an in-woven dark blue leaf motif woven in wool. The leaf encloses a tree with four branches which stem from each side of the central stem and a row of vine leaves which stems from each branch. The details inside the vine leaves are executed by a flying shuttle. Vine motifs are associated with Dionysiac scenes and they express abundance and fertility. The selvages on two sides of the weaving suggest that it was probably used as a cover or a hanging rather than a garment.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund