Two shoulder bands (clavi)

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


Overall (a): 10 x 62 cm (3 15/16 x 24 7/16 in.) Overall (b): 10 x 61.5 cm (3 15/16 x 24 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Two shoulder bands. Warp is linen; the ground of the main areas is deep pink wool and that of the borders is pale yellow. The design shows a branching grape vine with men on one side and animals on the other. The men facing the animals on each band play music on a pipe (the god Pan ), hold plants and dance (?); the animals are probably dogs, bulls, goats (?) and a spotted animal, probably a cheetah in one band; the borders enclose connected leaves; design is woven with red, blue, light green, yellow, and light and dark brown wool and natural-colored linen. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection