Fragment of a circular medallion on a looped pile cloth

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman
3rd–4th century A.D.


Overall: 48 x 46 cm (18 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; looped pile cloth with a tapestry roundel, eccentric weft.

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



Plum-colored roundel woven with wool and sewed onto a piece of natural-colored linen with looped weaving. The main field of the roundel is covered with four connected lozenges that frame a central square and create an eight-pointed star. Discs flanked by pairs of circular motifs fill the areas around the lozenges. The main field of the roundel is framed by three filleted areas of which the central one is filled with interconneted discs. The patterns in the main area and the central frame are executed by a flying shuttle. The geometric patterns in the central area show Roman influence.

Credit Line

Everett Fund