Shoulder band (clavus)

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century


Overall: 6 x 41 cm (2 3/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Fragment of a yellow wool with an inwoven brown shoulder band (clavus). The design inside the band consists of a row of connected lozenges interrupted by two squares each framing a cross. Yellow wool and natural-colored linen outline the details achieved by a flying shuttle. A pendant with a lozenge extends from each of the two narrow sides of the band. The frame consists of repeated and connected loop-like motifs.

Credit Line

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