Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 26.5 x 35.5 cm (10 7/16 x 14 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of brownish violet wool and natural-colored linen, with design of brownish violet wool; the design in two tapestry bands is woven into a looped linen cloth. Design in each band shows a vase at each end, connected by a row of oval-shaped units, of which three enclose floral motifs and two enclose birds. Design shows Roman influence. The shape of the two prallel bands suggests that they are sleeve bands.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Emma B. Andrews