Tapestry fragment of a square medallion

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


Overall: 19 x 19 cm (7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of natural colored linen; design of dark blue wool showing two equestrian figures (hunters or warriors) in the center, a centaur in the upper half of the roundel and an animal (lion ) in the lower half. The figures are surrounded by branches and leaves. Design shows Roman influence. From Akhmîm.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund