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Fragments of looped weaving

Egyptian (Coptic)
5th–6th century

Object Place: Egypt


Overall (a): 35 x 36 cm (13 3/4 x 14 3/16 in.) Overall (b): 18 x 38 cm (7 1/16 x 14 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, loop woven

Not On View


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



Two fragments. Irregularly-shaped pieces. Ground of natural linen, plain cloth weave. Extra wefts of blue (3 shades), red, orange, yellow, cream and green wool and natural linen are pulled up into loops on the surface to form the pattern. Larger piece (a) shows a paneled box-like object from which projects a human arm and hand; birds of various kinds surround box. Smaller piece (b) shows a column-like object with a checkered surface and a “capital” decorated with a six-pointed ornament. Loops worn off in places. Fibres very dry and brittle, cracking.

Credit Line

Bequest of Thomas Whittemore