Fragment of roundel

Egyptian or Syrian
6th–7th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt or Syria


Overall (a): 18 x 17.5 cm (7 1/16 x 6 7/8 in.) Overall (b): 16.5 x 10.5 cm (6 1/2 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk, compound woven, weft twill

Not On View


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



One almost complete, woven with light neutral silk on a dark neutral silk ground. Enclosed within the roundel is a symmetrical tree form with four large leaves and a flower form at the top. Very much worn and torn.


1926, Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1926, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $225. (Accession Date: December 2, 1926)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund