Tapestry fragment of a square medallion

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


Overall: 17.5 x 20.2 cm (6 7/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of white wool with design of red wool. Design shows a mounted figure (hunter ) in a central circle surrounded by a hunter  or a warrior on each of the four corners of the square and a lion  or a panther  on each of the four sides. The upper left corner is missing. Design shows Roman influence.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot III, 24.£17)From Akhmin

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund