Fragment with a square tapestry panel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th–10th century A.D.


Overall: 12.5 x 13.5 cm (4 15/16 x 5 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry, dovetailed

Not On View


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



Square of decoration woven with dark brown wool on light neutral wool. The design consists of a rectangular central panel enclosing three standing human figures. The central panel is surrounded by motifs of fish, birds, plants, running animals and an unidentifiable motif that resembles the Chi-Rho (?), or it may represent an angel (?). The right, the upper and the left ends of the fragment show remains of red wool.

Credit Line

Gift of Rt. Rev. Mgr. Arthur T. Connolly