Fragment with tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-9th century A.D.


Height x width: 19.5 x 46 cm (7 11/16 x 18 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Two parallel tapestry bands sewed onto a natural colored linen fragment; warp of linen, grounds of red, light blue and orange brown wool, with designs of light and dark blue, green, yellow and brown wool and natural-colored linen. Design in one band consists of two fighting animals in a central rectangular area flanked by nereids; the other band shows two birds, each in a square area; small crosses are in the areas between birds; the central area of this band is torn. Probably a fragment of a tunic with shoulder bands.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection