Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 33 x 21.5 cm (13 x 8 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, silk and wool; tapestry, with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Fragment of a linen weaving with a brocaded design of a row of three connected lozenges and a parallel row of connected hexagons woven with white silk. Each of the hexagons contains a cross. A band at one side of the fragment shows two female figures carrying a human figure (?). The design of the band is woven with dark blue wool, natural-colored linen and white silk. The frame of the band is of dark blue wool which contains a yellow branch with single leaves on both sides. The scene of the two women probably represents a Christian scene. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection