Shoulder band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 5.5 x 44 cm (2 3/16 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry; slit in the lower part of the band

Not On View


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



Natural colored linen; with a design woven with dark brown wool. The design of the lower part of the band shows a vine scroll forming circular ornaments that frame birds and leaves. This part is separated from the upper part by a plain brown rectangular area with a lotus-like motif. The upper portion of the band show two medallions, one encloses a hunter and the other encloses a hare. A pendant that ends with an oval motif that encloses vine leaves extends from the lower end of the band. Design shows Roman influence. Importation 204.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection