Three tapestry fragments of a band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Overall (a): 6 x 27.5 cm (2 3/8 x 10 13/16 in.) Overall (b): 7.5 x 16 cm (2 15/16 x 6 5/16 in.) Overall (c): 7.5 x 9.5 cm (2 15/16 x 3 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 and ground of main stripe, linen; Design in purple wool consists of jars and baskets from which stem branches with leaves. The border of the band contains interlaced bands. The three fragments display similar motifs. Design of jars, baskets and interlaced border motifs shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection