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


Overall: 16.5 x 16.2 cm (6 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



White woolen cloth, into which is woven a circular medallion of light red wool with a design of a galloping horse and a rider. The rider raises both arms and his body is in a frontal position. From the horse’s mouth hangs a spade-like form, and what looks like a long tail floats out behind. Between the horse’s feet is a dog running in the opposite direction. Woven with yellow, orange, dark blue and green wool; and natural colored linen. Most of the horse’s haunches and hind legs are gone.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection