Fragment of a square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 16 x 14 cm (6 5/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment of a square tapestry panel woven with a red ground of wool and human figures woven with brownish orange and natural colored linen. The design shows three putti at the upper half; two of these are carrying baskets (?) that they extend towards a central figure (?); and a smaller putto between them. Another putto is in the lower right side of the square. Design shows Roman influence. Very much torn and worn. The upper border of the panel shows that the tapestry was sewed into a plain linen weaving.

Credit Line

Gift of Rt. Rev. Mgr. Arthur T. Connolly