Fragment of a square medallion

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


Height x width: 21.8 x 21 cm (8 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry, wool

Not On View


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



In the center of a square medallion is a circle enclosing a nereid on a sea monster. In the corners of the medallion are smaller circles, each containing a bird. Plants and fish, woven with orange, light and dark green, yellow, brown and red wool are between the four circles.. A great part of this piece is missing.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection