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Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–5th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 17 x 21 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/4 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



L-shaped ornament. Purple woolen wefts on undyed linen warps alternately doubled and tripled. The main area displays interlocked bands and the borders contain Geometric motifs. The designs are defined by fine undyed linen threads, eccentrically woven. Some wools rotted out. Holes and stains.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer