Circular medallion

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


Height x width (as mounted): 28.5 x 29 cm (11 1/4 x 11 7/16 in.) Height x width (tapestry roundel): 23 x 23 cm (9 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



The medallion is made of connected tapestry fragments. In the center is a mounted horseman inside a roundel surrounded by four putti, two animals, fish, birds and plants, and framed by two borders of which the inner contains birds, fish and plants and the outer shows crenellated motifs. Woven with yellow, blue, green, pink and brown wool and natural color linen on a red wool ground. The frames consist of attached pieces. The medallion is mounted on a natural color linen weaving. The motifs and frame ornaments are similar to those in 15.694

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection