Tapestry medallion

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


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



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