Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th–9th century A.D.


Overall: 35.5 x 39.5 cm (14 x 15 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen, ground of red wool; design shows two animals flanking a tree inside a central roundel surrounded by branches, birds, animals and two human figures. The border encloses lotus-like motifs on both sides of a scrolled branch, framed by two narrow borders; woven with blue, light and dark green, red, yellow, pink and brown wool and natural-colored linen; sewed onto a piece of natural-colored linen fabric.

Credit Line

Gift of Nathan C. Hathaway