Coptic tapestry

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Height x width (tapestry square): 22.5 x 33 cm (8 7/8 x 13 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Rectangular band with borders made of more than one piece; the central design consists of three oval-shaped units of which the one in the center encloses a floral motif (?) and each of the lateral ones encloses an animal; above and below this area are borders that enclose animal heads (?), connected heart-shaped leaves, and lozenges that enclose crosses. The side borders consist of connected oval shaped motifs. Woven with bright red, blue, green and yellow, dark brown and pink wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection