Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Height x width: 17 x 21 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; in the center is a bust of a haloed female figure inside a roundel surrounded by four animals including two lions (?) and four floral motifs; the design is woven with red, blue, green, yellow, orange and dark brown wool; the ground of the area surrounding the roundel is of linen; the border encloses heart-shaped motifs. Design shows Byzantine influence.
Originally sewed by the dealer onto 96.326

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection