Square tapestry medallion

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


Dimensions

Height x width: 20 x 18.5 cm (7 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

96.177

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Warp of linen; ground of natural colored linen; design in plum colored wool, center gone. Design surrounding the missing central area shows undulating branches (scroll motif) forming circular areas that enclose single fruits and flowers, of which some are pomegranates, trefoil flowers, vine leaves and pine-cone-like motifs. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection