Fragment of tapestry band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width: 6.5 x 21.5 cm (2 9/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp, linen; ground of red, design of green, blue yellow, red and black wool. A rectangular medallion in the center of the band contains a bust with raised arms (an orant); flanking the medallion are scroll motifs. The shape and the size of the tapestry suggest that it is probably a sleeve band. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection