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Two tapestry fragments of a garment

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


Overall (a): 4 x 46 cm (1 9/16 x 18 1/8 in.) Overall (b): 46.5 x 46.5 cm (18 5/16 x 18 5/16 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 natural colored linen, design of brownish-purple wool; woven into a piece of natural colored linen fabric. 96.193a is probably a shoulder band (clavus) with a design that consists of a scrolling branch with vine leaves on each side on half of the band. The design of the other half consists of lozenges alternating with discs and separated by a group of six small discs. A fish is the centre of the band. .
96.193b is a larger fragment that most likely belonged to the same garment and shows two (shoulder ) bands on each side. The design and colors are similar to those in 96.193a. Design shows Roman influence

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection