Fragment of medallion

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


Overall: 12.5 x 13.3 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp, linen; ground of natural colored linen; design in red, green and yellow wool. Design consists of a candelabra-plant motif in the center surrounded by four similar ones of which two are enclosed in a leaf-shaped medallion; lozenges formed by disconnected circular leaves frame each plant; The motifs forming the central lozenge include two crosses, one above and the other below the candelabra plant. The border encloses a scrolled branch with floral motifs on both sides.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection