Three tapestry fragments

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Overall (a): 9 x 15 cm (3 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Overall (b): 8.5 x 19 cm (3 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.) Overall (c): 6 x 7 cm (2 3/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, ground of red, with design of deep violet wool and natural colored linen. Design consists of a row of lozenges and octagonals; semi-circular units that contain floral motifs are on both sides of the main area. The frame of the bands consists of repeated semi-circular units. From Akhmîn.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund