Requires Photography

Fragment of undyed linen with a tapestry panel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 29.5 x 26 cm (11 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Fragment of undyed linen with square panel of tapestry, now torn and fragmentary, sewed to linen. Panel woven with undyed linen, grayish blue wool, a little soft pink, green, and neutral yellow wool. The design, woven with wool on linen ground, consists of a stylized vine with coiling stems forming a circle in the center framing a mounted figure. Smaller circles, one framing a winged putto is in each corner. A basket from which stems the branches that form the circles is in each of the four sides of the panel. The frame encloses rows of circles, each contains an animal or a plant. Design shows Roman influence. Torn: only one corner survives.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer