Fragment of medallion

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


Overall: 24 x 28.4 cm (9 7/16 x 11 3/16 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, ground of red wool, deisgn of a central roundel enclosing two human figures framed by an arch; surrounding the medallion are tree-like motifs animals, peacock-like creatures, birds, and two human figures each seated on a brick-like seat, in light and dark-blue, red, yellow and green wool and natural-colored linen; ground of the border in dark-blue wool. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection