Fragment of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
6th-8th century A.D.


Height x width: 19 x 38 cm (7 1/2 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Natural colored linen with a circular medallion and a band woven in red wool. The design in the medallion shows a nude human figure with one raised hand in the center, surrounded by four small heads. The design in the band shows a nude floating (?) human figure, small heads and plants; a medallion that extends from the end of the band contains a trefoil leaf motif; the figures in both the band and the circular medallion are woven in natural colored linen; the border of the fragment shows repeated trefoil leaves woven in red wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection