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Two tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th-7th century A.D.


Overall: 22 x 49.5 cm (8 11/16 x 19 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool, tapestry

Not On View


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



Two bands pasted by the dealer; warp and weft are of wool; the ground of the main areas is brownish white and the design, woven with dark brown wool, shows several details from Dionysian scenes including three male and three female dancers (maenads), hares, a panther, dogs and plants in the right band; the left band shows a conic plant (pine cones ), a male figure playing a flute, another holding a sistrum (?), a hunter and the god Pan; running animals are between these figures. The borders of the two bands enclose wave-crest motifs.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection