Four tapestry fragments of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th-9th century A.D.


Overall (a): 44 x 68 cm (17 5/16 x 26 3/4 in.) Overall (b): 13.5 x 40 cm (5 5/16 x 15 3/4 in.) Overall (c): 12.5 x 21.5 cm (4 15/16 x 8 7/16 in.) Overall (d): 6 x 17 cm (2 3/8 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of yellow wool; ground of yellow wool. Design in the bands is of blue wool with a touch of violet wool inside the sem-circular area. Much stained.

08.381a: The design in the two shoulder bands consists of medallions, of which three enclose single trees flanked by two animals, one encloses a nereid on a sea creature, and another encloses a human being flanked by two animals. Between the medallions are human figures with raised left arms The area around the neck opening shows similar motifs inside a large semi-circular area.

08.381b: A fragment of a shoulder band with two medallions, one encloses a tree flanked by two animals and the other encloses a human figure also flanked by two animals. Human figures with raised left arms are between the medallions.

08.381c: Fragment shows a medallion enclosing a nereid on a sea creature and two human figures flanking a tree.

08.381d: Fragment shows similar motifs.

The design shows the survival ro Roman motifs..

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection