Fragment of tunic

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 60 x 46.5 cm (23 5/8 x 18 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool, tapestry

Not On View


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



Two bands of tapestry and a fragment of a medallion sewed onto a fragment of natural colored linen; warp of linen; ground of pink wool; design of light and dark blue, yellow, pink and green wool, and natural colored linen. The design in the right band shows a haloed nude male figure with a mantle that falls behind his back (probably Dionysus); below this figure is a lion between two stylized plant motifs and above him are three winged horses and three similar plants. The left band shows a similar nude figure, a lion and a stylized plant motif; the pendant encloses two birds flanking a plant. The borders enclose heart-shaped floral motifs. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection