Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Height x width: 12 x 12 cm (4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of white wool, with design of red, light blue, yellow, green and deep violet wool. Design shows a standing figure, probably a warrior, carrying on one shoulder a long object with a round end (maybe David with a sling ?). The figure stands between two diagonal areas decorated with small square motifs. Design shows Byzantine influence. Fram Akhmîn.


Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33, £5)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund