Tapestry fragment

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


Height x width: 22.4 x 25.5 cm (8 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp and ground, natural colored linen; design of brown, red, green and gray-green wool. Design consists of interlocked circles, each enclosing a running animal, of which a lion is the only identifiable creature. The weft of the other figures in the circles is damaged. The frame of the main area with the circles contains a branch with red and green leaves on both sides.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection