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Fragment of border

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


Height x width (tapestry square): 27 x 26.5 cm (10 5/8 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry, wool and linen

Not On View


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



Band made of more than one piece. On the upper left are two figures framed by a mandorla-like motif and on the upper right are four haloed figures. In the lower half are a female figure holding a child, probably the Virgin Mary and Christ the Child, and a group of haloed figures facing her. The scene may represent the Adoration of the Magi (?). The border on both sides encloses lotus-like floral motifs on both sides of a scrolled branch. Ground of the main area is red and the design is woven with red, green, blue and yellow wool and natural-colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection