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Fragment of tapestry

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

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 16.5 x 13 cm (6 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment. An oval medallion from a tapestry is applied to an undyed tabby-woven linen ground; a small band at one end of the medallion suggests that it was the end part of a shoulder band (clavus). A stylized blossom or a plant motif is inside the medallion. The ground in the medallion is in red wool and the design is in yellow, red and dark brown and natural-colored linen. The design of the border consists of connected oval-shaped motifs flanked by small white circles; the ground color of the border is in dark brown wool and the design is in yellow wool and natural-colored linen.The ground Colored wools are partly rotted out. Ground stained and frayed.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer