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Square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Height x width: 22.6 x 23.3 cm (8 7/8 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry weaving

Not On View


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



Square medallion of purple wool on a white woolen ground; the design consists of a central roundel enclosing eight vases which alternate with vine leaves and a smaller circle with four cone-shaped and vine leaf motifs; a square with a bird (duck ) in each of its four corners frames the roundel; scrolls enclosing animals (hares, lions, deer ) frame the central square; the legs of the birds on the corners of the square and the tongues of some of the animals in the scrolls are in red wool.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection