Cover fragment: centaur surrounded by animals and flowers

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.

Object Place: Graeco-Roman, Eastern Mediterranean


Height x width: 63.5 x 45 cm (25 x 17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and linen on linen; tapestry, plain and looped weaving, with eccentric weft, dovetailed

Not On View


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



Cover fragment with polychrome wool and linen tapestry woven square panel with a central circle that encloses a centaur. Four circles, each enclosing an animal is in one of the four corners of the panel. Between the circles are baskets with flowers framed by semi-circular lines that stem from the circles enclosing the animals. Red and green leaves fill the areas between the baskets and circles. The tapestry woven panel is surrounded by plain and looped woven linen.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection