Fragment of a band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 9 x 19 cm (3 9/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Light tan-colored ground on which are two dancing figures, and two mermaids of which one is haloed and the other plays the harp; a plain red border is on the right side of the band and a dark brown one is on the left. Woven entirely of wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection