Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Overall: 42 x 34 cm (16 9/16 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry, looped weft

Not On View


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



Looped linen with a band and a square medallion of tapestry weaving. Ground, linen; design woven with dark blue wool, stained green in places. Design of the band shows a vine scroll inhabited by lions and hares. The design in the medallion shows an equestrian figure with a raised right hand. Design of the band with the square medallion suggests that this is probably a fragmenet of a tunic. Design shows Roman influence. Importation 204.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection