Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
Probably 6th–7th century


Dimensions

Overall: 23 x 37 cm (9 1/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.531

Medium or Technique

Linen, silk and wool tapestry

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Natural colored linen. In the center is a white oval with two parrots back to back and separated by a pink flower bud; the oval is enclosed in a rectangle, around which is a scrolling vine; in the curves of the scrolls are a duck, fruit, flowers and leaves. In each corner is a woman’s head surrounded by a circle. The whole medallion is framed by a plain band and a wavecrest border. Woven with natural colored linen, pink, dark green, yellow and brown wool, and what appears to be white silk.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection