Textile fragment probably from a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk samite

Not On View


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



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.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection