Two fragments of tapestry medallions

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Overall (a): 16 x 15.5 cm (6 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Overall (b): 17.5 x 16 cm (6 7/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of dark blue wool; the design in each fragment shows a medallion which encloses two horsemen back to back; with four legged animals (dogs ) below them; woven with red and blue wool. The border of the medallion in 96.315a encloses a scroll motifs with branches and leaves. Design shows Eastern influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection