Tapestry roundel

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

Object Place: Coptic, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; weft of wool and linen; design consists of a crowned (?) central figure flanked by two dancing figures, a female on the left and a male on the right; two crowching figures are below in the lower half of the roundel; woven with pinkish brown, lavender, green and neutral yellow on a natural colored linen ground. Probably represents a Dionysiac scene.


By 1938, Joseph Lindon Smith (b. 1863 - d. 1950), Dublin, NH [see note]; 1941, gift of Joseph Lindon Smith to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 13, 1941)

NOTE: First lent to the MFA May 25, 1938.

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Lindon Smith