Tapestry fragment

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


Overall: 28 x 30 cm (11 x 11 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool with looped weft

Not On View


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



Looped linen weaving in which a tapestry design is woven with violet, red, orange, green, and yellow wool. The design shows a fragment of a square panel with a central square that encloses a fragmentary remainder of an equestrian figure. The central square is surrounded by four baskets from which stem undulating branches that form circular designs at the four corners each enclosing a hunter (?) Each of the four baskets is flanked by two animals.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund