Tapestry roundel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Overall: 24 x 20.5 cm (9 7/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



The main field is white linen. In the center is a deep red circle with a seated figure with a halo, this is surrounded by a narrow dark brown, pink and yellow border. Radiating from the center are four candelabra-like plant forms; between these are scrolls with birds. Around the edge is a border of small bright-colored forms on a dark brown ground framed by another border with plant-like forms on a white ground. The design is in golden brown, deep red, pink, light blue, yellow, white, green and dark brown wool and natural-colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection