Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
8th–10th century A.D.


Overall: 37 x 36.5 cm (14 9/16 x 14 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool Tapestry with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



The ground is woven of neutral yellow wool; on it is a design woven with a brown colored wool. The middle of the lower part of the design shows a rectangular area with two pendants flanked by a medallion enclosing a duck or a bird on each side. A human figure is in the middle between the two pendants. Flanking the rectangular area and above it are six rows of hunters alternating with lions and hares. Each figure raises its right open hand. Repeated bird motifs frame the upper part of the fragment.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection