Tapestry roundel

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


Overall: 34.5 x 30.5 cm (13 9/16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool (S-spun), tapestry with eccentric weave.

Not On View


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



A plum colored tapestry roundel woven in wool with geometric linen patterns executed by a flying shuttle. The patterns in the main area of the roundel consist of connected lozenges that frame coiled motifs. The roundel is framed by three filleted borders of which the central one encloses interconnected discs. This is a fragment of a cover or a garment that most likely consisted of other tapestry segments. It is likely that no. 96.190 belonged to the same weaving. The motifs in the main area are similar to geometrica designs in late Roman and Early Christian mosaic pavements.

Credit Line

Everett Fund