Fragment of a border

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Height x width: 13 x 30.5 cm (5 1/8 x 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



The ground is of pinkish red wool; the design of circles, half circles, and other forms, much broken up, is woven with a pinkish red wool and linen thread. Narrow borders on each side of black and violet wool. Sewed on to a piece of heavy linen cloth. “Found on the body of a woman not far from San (Zoan; called Tanis by the Greeks). She was mummified and wrapped in her clothes and laid in a basket of rushes.”

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription