Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Height x width: 60.5 x 45.5 cm (23 13/16 x 17 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry; looped weft; details in eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Square panel woven into a natural-colored linen cloth of very long looped weaving; warp and ground of natural-colored linen; the design inside the square consists of a central circle that encloses a cross inside an eight-pointed star. Surrounding the central circle are four circles each enclosing an animal, and four jars from which stem vine leaves between the circles.The design is in deep violet and yellow wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection