Fragments of medallion and pendant

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


Overall (a): 13 x 51 cm (5 1/8 x 20 1/16 in.) Overall (b): 29 x 29 cm (11 7/16 x 11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of red wool; woven with yellow, green, blue, red and brown wool, and natural-colored linen.
a) Fragment of a clavus with a pendent medallion; design shows stylized floral motifs and an animal, probably a dog; the medallion which encloses an animal, is framed by a border with disconnected discs.
a) Roundel with a central medallion enclosing two animals under a triangular plant motif. Surrounding the medallion are stylized plant forms, animals and birds.
The border ornaments of both fragments consist of a scroll with lotus-like motifs on both sides framed by two narrower borders. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection