Tapestry fragment of a square medallion

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


Height x width: 19.5 x 18.5 cm (7 11/16 x 7 5/16 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 linen; design of brown wool. Design surrounding the damaged central area shows a scroll motif forming circular areas that enclose single fruits and floral motifs, of which some are pomegranates and trefoil flowers. The central area shows remains of a winged? standing male surrounded by vine leaves (a putto ) and a basket. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund