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Tapestry medallion

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


Overall: 32 x 39 cm (12 5/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

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



Warp of linen; an eight-pointed star of dark brown and orange wool, and natural-colored linen. The star frames a roundel which encloses interlaced circular motifs; a small yellow eight pointed star is in the center of the roundel. Vine motifs fill the areas between the triangular points of the star and the roundel. A fragment of a band extends from each side of the star. The outlines are executed with a flying shuttle.
The Interlaced motifs resemble designs in late Roman and early Christian mosaics. The eight-pointed star motif, popular in the early Christian period, resembles a motif on the altar table cloth represented in a mosaic in San Vitale, Ravenna (6th century)

Credit Line

Everett Fund