Fragment of a square panel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 31 x 27 cm (12 3/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry, hatching, slit

Not On View


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



Square tapestry medallion of dark brownish purple wool and natural-colored linen on linen warps (paired or tripled, 9 to a cm.) In the center is an equestrian figure mostly worn surrounded by a border of ovals, four to a side, alternately containing running animals (lions and rabbits) and tree-forms; framed by a scalloped border. Much worn in places exposing the warp threads.

Credit Line

Source unidentified