Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Height x width: 19 x 4 cm (7 1/2 x 1 9/16 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 in brown, green, red, rose and yellow. Design consists of connected sem-circular motifs, of which each of the three with identifiable motifs encloses sequentially a tree with green branches, a tree with red fruits and a basket of fruit. The remainder of the band is damaged. Probably a fragment of a garment band (neck opening decoration ). Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection