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Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Height x width: 17.4 x 21.4 cm (6 7/8 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of red wool on which is a design of connected ogival-shaped motifs each framing a disc. In the center of the medallion is a circle framing a haloed head. The design in the medallion is woven with green, blue, red and yellow wool and natural-colored linen. The design in the border is a scrolled branch with animal heads (?) on both sides woven with yellow wool on a dark blue wool ground.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection