Three fragments of tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th–9th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 5 1/8 x 13 3/16 in. (13 x 33.5 cm) Height x width (b): 14.5 x 19.5 cm (5 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.) Height x width (c): 10.5 x 21 cm (4 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Design in brown wool, ground in brownish yellow wool.
90.252a: Design shows three medallions containing sequentially a putto holding a bird, two fish, and a mounted figure (?). Tree motifs with animals are between the medallions.
90.252b: Design shows one medallion that contains two fish. Tree motifs similar to those in 90.252a are above and below the medallion.
90.252c: Design shows two medallions, one contains a jar (?) and the other is fragmentary. Tree motifs and animals similar to those in 90.252a and 90.252b are between the medallions.
The design in all the three bands are framed by brown plain bands and a scalloped frame ornament.

Credit Line

Source unidentified