Tapestry fragment of a shoulder band

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall: 11 x 38.5 cm (4 5/16 x 15 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry, dovetailed, hatching

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, design in brownish green wool and natural colored linen. Design shows a man holding a shield in a rectangular area above which are three roundels each enclosing a running animal (lion ). Below the man is a roundel similar to those above him. A pendant that ends with a leaf-like motif encloses a vegetal motif is at the end of the band. This is probably part of a hunting scene. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection