Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
6th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 13.7 x 12 cm (5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp in linen; ground of natural-colored linen; design of four interlaced roundels in a square, each enclosing a nude female dancer (?)  trefoil plants are between the roundels and a connected four treafoil plant is in the centre of the composition; woven in brownish purple, yellow, red, green and orange wool. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection