Fragment of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–10th century A.D.


Overall: 21.5 x 17 cm (8 7/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



The garment was of wool and the tapestry design is of natural-colored linen and green wool. In the lower left hand corner is a rectangular area that encloses two arches each framing a human figure of which one stands on a boat and holds cross-like objects, one with each hand; A circle above the rectangular area encloses a human figure holding what appears to be a sistrum. In the right hand upper corner are fish and lotus motifs. The figure in the boat, the figure holding a sistrum, the fish and lotus motifs indicate that the design respresents a Nilotic scene.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection