Square medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Overall: 22 x 20 cm (8 11/16 x 7 7/8 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



Woven with natural colored linen and violet wool. A peaked border enclosing nine small medallions, the one in the center and the four in the corners, each contains a human figure, probably Dionysus surrounded by branches with leaves; the two on the sides, each contains a lion and the two above and below the central medallion, each contains a tree inhabited by a bird in the center.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection