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Tapestry depicting a jeweled cross

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


Height x width: 14.5 x 14 cm (5 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



White woolen ground on which is a cross with four birds, one in each of its angles. The cross is decorated with jewel-like square and round patterns. Two balls stem from each arm. The design is woven with red, green, yellow, brown and white wool. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection