Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman
3rd–4th century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall: 25 x 31 cm (9 13/16 x 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.189

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft and hatching. Linen and wool (S-spun).

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

A fragment with a brown tapestry ornment in the shape of a lozenge that encloses a square framing four octagonal units with central lozenges. A branch that ends with a trefoil motif stems from each of the four sides of the square and fills the corners of the lozenge. Lines executed in the hatching technique fill the areas around the trefoiled brances. A narrow band stems from the lower end of the lozenge. This band most likely ended with a smaller geometric medallion.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection