Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–8th century


Height x width (a): 16.5 x 6.5 cm (6 1/2 x 2 9/16 in.) Height x width (b): 17 x 7 cm (6 11/16 x 2 3/4 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



Two fragments of a border. Heavy white linen warp; the design is woven with deep blue, red, green, and orange wool and linen thread. The ground of one half of the border is white, of the other half is green in 17.179a and dark blue in 17.179b. On the green and blue ground are groups of four red, white, and orange oblong blocks and round forms of red, blue, orange, white, green and red. On the white ground are red spade-like forms separated by blue columns?, with a yellow spot at the top and bottom. Probably decorated a neck opening.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection