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Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 35 x 63 cm (13 3/4 x 24 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry and looped weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, ground of natural colored linen with designs mostly in purple wool and a few details in red wool. Design consists of a band that contains connected roundels, which enclose dancers and hares. The dancers resemble figures in Dionysiac scenes. A bird outside the area with connected circles is at one end of the band. Areas with looped weft are on both sides outside the design area.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection