Square medallion

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


Overall: 14 x 12 cm (5 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


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



The warp is of linen; the ground of deep rose-colored wool; in the center is a circle enclosing two human figures standing on each side of a tree and extending their arms towards it. In each of the four corners of the square is a bird in profile. The design is woven with light and dark blue, red, dark brown, yellow and white wool, and natural-colored linen. Sewed on to a piece of heavy linen. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection