Tapestry medallion

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, silk and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



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