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Fragment of a tapestry

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Height x width: 17 x 19.5 cm (6 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment (made up of several pieces, fitted together). Rectangular panel, bordered by four narrow strips of plain linen cloth. Wool wefts; warps not visible. Two narrow compartments formed by narrow linen borders patterned with lines of shaded petals. Each compartment contains, on a cherry red ground, a standing human figure with a halo; woven with yellow, brown, green and red wool. Design shows Byzantine influence. Stains and incrustations; small holes.

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore