Textile fragment probably from a garment
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.
Object Place: possibly Achmim, Egypt
Height x width: 14 x 15 cm (5 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
The design shows Syrian or Persian influence. Samite in 1/2 twill with red and white wefts creating pattern of diamond lattice made of serpentine vine enclosing heraldic birds. This piece was in the shape of a square medallion and sewed onto a garment. Pieces like this have been found at Akhmim, buried in the Coptic graves.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection