Fragment of shoulder-band

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


Height x width: 13.5 x 60 cm (5 5/16 x 23 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; ground of red wool; design consists of a man sitting on a semi-circular branch that stems from a tree (?); animals framed by circular branches, marine creatures (?) and indistinguishable objects are above and below the man. The border encloses a scroll motif with lotus-like motifs on both sides. Woven with light and dark blue, green, pink, yellow, red, and slate-colored wool, and natural-colored linen. The weft in the circular pendent is torn. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection