Tapestry medallion

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


Height x width: 7 x 4.8 cm (2 3/4 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of dark blue wool; design in red, yellow, brown, green and light blue wool, and natural-colored linen. The medallion is in the shape of a leaf and the design consists of a candelabra-like plant from which stem two wing-like leaves flanking a trefoil flower; a horizontal branch with leaves and grape clusters flanking a plant motif are in the upper half of the medallion. Design shows Sassanian influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection