Fragment of a square tapestry medallion

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


Overall: 26 x 29 cm (10 1/4 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with looped weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of natural-colored linen, with design of circles containing animals and baskets of fruit of dark brown, red, pink, orange, yellow, and green wool; sewed onto a piece of natural-colored linen fabric. Design consists of a central circle that contains floral motifs surrounded by four circles of which a putto is in each of the two in the upper left and lower right corners, a hare is in the circle in the upper right corner and a lion is in the circle in the lower left. Baskets with fruits are between the four circles.

Credit Line

Everett Fund