Fragment of a border

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


Overall: 47 x 35 cm (18 1/2 x 13 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



Warp of linen; ground of brown wool; an L-shaped tapestry with a design of connected diamonds, each enclosing a cross. A mermaid (?) is in the middle of the vertical part of the tapestry; in red wool and natural-colored linen. Smaller connected diamond motifs are repeated at the end and the moddle of the tapestry. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection