Fragment of a tapestry, probably a shoulder band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 10 x 27 cm (3 15/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; the design in the center of the band shows a bust of a haloed female figure with a raised hand inside a medallion framed by a square with a bird in each corner. On the sides are plant forms, woven in red, yellow, and light and dark green wool and natural-colored linen. The haloed figure ( a saint ) resembles images of Ge, the goddess of earth, in other Coptic textiles. The border encloses scrolled branches with leaves on both sides. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection