Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th–10th century A.D.
Object Place: Coptic, Egypt
14 x 185.5 cm (5 1/2 x 73 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wool; tapestry weaving
Not On View
Unpatterned strip with a lengthwise ornamental band; woven in one piece. Various stylized animals in very dense placement, moving from left to right and vice versa, fill the band. A central medallion contains similar animals. A simple repeating floral (?) motif borders the band. At either end are a pair of laterally oriented highly stylized human figures. Weft fringe at either end. Soumak technique strengthening of the neck opening at the middle section. Brown warp and brown, purple, and tan weft wool yarns. Highlighting with embroidered white linen yarns. Repaired. Torn and stained in various areas.
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection