Fragment of tapestry

Egyptian (Coptic)
6th century

Object Place: Egypt


17 x 20.9 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.); Legacy dimension: Length (max.): .209M; Width (max.): .17M

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen; tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment. Irregularly hexagonal fragment. Warp of alternately single and paired linen threads. Woolen wefts. Design shows eagle with light and dark green neck, wings, legs and tail; body and upper portion of wings patterned with violet diamonds containing ochre diamonds on a light violet ground, bordered by pink and ochre lines; top of head, bill and claws are pink. Brick red ground. Holes and wear, particularly in area of body and wing at right.

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore