Square medallion

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


Height x width: 18.5 x 15.5 cm (7 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Ground of natural colored linen; the design, woven with violet wool, consists of a central circle from which stem scrolled lines forming four circles, one in each corner of the square; the central circle encloses plant motifs; each of the four circles in the corners encloses an animalt; and on each of the four sides of the central circle is a vase from which stem vine motifs.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection