Two textile fragments with tapestry ornaments

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 8 x 16 cm (3 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.) Height x width (b): 11 x 17.5 cm (4 5/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; each of the two fragments shows a design of a leaf-shaped motif that contains a nereid (?) riding a sea monster and carrying a basket (?) with her right hand, ground of borwnish yellow wool, figures are in dark plum-color, pink and green wool, woven into a piece of natural-colored linen fabric. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection