Tapestry fragments

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


Overall: 67.5 x 47 cm (26 9/16 x 18 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry, wool and linen

Not On View


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



Ground of red wool, warp of linen; an all over outlined design of branches forming oval and lozenge-shaped motifs, each encloses alternately a bird (peacock ) and a candelabra-like motif that stems from a vase (?); of natural colored linen; sewed into a fragment of natural-colored linen fabric. Color and design suggest an imitation of Byzantine silk. Probably part of a furnishing textile; Similar to 10.154.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection