Tapestry depciting a jeweled cross

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 15 x 13 cm (5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Wool

Not On View


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



White woolen ground on which is a cross of deep red wool outlined with violet and detailed with disks of yellow, blue and green wool and white linen. In each angle of the cross is a blue or green bird, and at the top connecting the horizontal arms is a band of narrow stripes of pink, red, green, yellow and dark blue. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection