Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century


Overall: 39.5 x 21.5 cm (15 9/16 x 8 7/16 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 red wool, with designs of light and dark blue, green and yellow wool; ground of the outer bands is of light green wool with semi-circular yellow branch motifs. Design in the fragment consists of two roundels, one frames two standing female figures of which one is haloed; Greek letters are between the two figures and on the right side of the roundel; the other roundel of which the middle part is torn, shows two standing male figures; the borders of the roundels enclose a scroll with floral motifs on both sides. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection