Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 55 x 40 cm (21 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry, with looped weft

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, ground of natural-colored linen. Fragment of a square and border of tapestry, with a design of plum-colored, green, red, yellow, and orange wool; woven into a piece of natural-colored linen fabric of looped weaving. Much of the woolen design is gone. The design consists of a standing figure in a central circle framed by a square surrounded by circles that enclose busts, baskets and circular motifs. The left end of the weaving shows warp that used to have lion motifs. Probably a fragment of shawl.

Credit Line

Everett Fund