Tapestry fragment with Pan and Dionysos

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–5th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt ?


36 x 38 cm (14 3/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool tapestry

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Found in Egypt, design reflects late Hellenistic style. Rectangular panel: Pan and Bacchus. Warp: (crossing panel horizontally) light bluish-green wool (S twist) 9-10 to cm. Weft: polychrome wool (Z twist). Design: Pan and Bacchus stand side by side, the hand of Baccus on Pan’s shoulder, on dark blue ground on which attributes are scattered (pipes, clappers, wine cup, garland). Goat skin between figures. Flesh tones woven with several shades of rose, cream, and pale brown; hair, features, accents and outlines, brown and light blue. Border: contiguous petals woven with several shades of rose, cream, brown and blue, on dark blue bordered with cream, and traces of light blue outer edge. Condition fragmentary, many holes.


1953, sold by Melanie (Mrs. Paul) Mallon, Paris and New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1953)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund