Textile fragment probably from a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Object Place: possibly Achmim, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 14 x 15 cm (5 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

07.641

Medium or Technique

Silk samite

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Costumes

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