Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Height x width: 17.5 x 15.5 cm (6 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Linen warp: on the ground of pinkish red wool is a design of vine scroll motifs that form connected lozenges, each framing a rosette, woven with natural-colored linen. “Part of a dress of a woman, perhaps a Syrian. Found not far from San (Zoan); she was mummified and wrapped in her clothes and laid in a basket of rushes.” This piece is similar to the small piece joined to 85.630. The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription