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


Overall: 24 x 12 cm (9 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



The warp is of white linen; the ground of bright red wool; on this is a bird in profile facing a border line with projecting triangular motifs and a plant (?). Two diagonal bars detailed with irregular forms (rows of birds ) frame the bird on two sides, and suggest that they are part of the frame of a diamond shaped form. The design shows Byzantine influence; woven with light and dark blue, yellow and green wool, and natural-colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection