Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th-5th century A.D.


Height x width: 15 x 14.8 cm (5 7/8 x 5 13/16 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 natural-colored linen; the design, of dark brown wool and natural-colored linen, shows a roundel in the center enclosing a warrior or a hunter holding a shield; the roundel is framed by a rectangle with a leaf in each corner; surrounding the central motifs are twelve squares of which six enclose diagonal lines forming lozenges;and each of the other six, framed by a wave-crest border, encloses a disc in the center. Design shows Roman influence.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot III, 24.£17)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund