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Fragment of tapestry

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

Object Place: Egypt


Height x width: 39 x 29.9 cm (15 3/8 x 11 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment. Irregularly shaped piece, made up of several small fragments. Warp of linen; wefts of wool and linen. Several compartments, containing human figures, animals, birds or floral motifs, separated by narrow borders decorated with a row of single petals; an image of a crowned woman carrying a child, probably the Virgin Mary, is in a roundel in the lower half of the fragment and a haloed female saint is in a band on the right. Compartment grounds are red, blue and white; figures are of these colors plus yellow and other shades of blue. Many stains and holes.

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore