Fragment of a border

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


Overall: 10.5 x 16 cm (4 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; design of linen and wool; ground of the main border is of red wool. On this is a draped figure with a halo and an angel (?), of green, yellow, orange and dark blue wool and natural-colored linen. The main design is framed by two bands, one with scrolls enclosing animal head motifs (?) of brownish yellow wool and the other with heart-shaped floral motifs in red and green wool; ground of the borders are of brown and light yellow wool and natural-colored linen. Probably a sleeve band. Design shows Byzantine influence. This piece has been sewed recently to a fragment of white woolen tapestry across one end of which is a stripe of grayish brown.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection