Tapestry medallion

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–5th century A.D.


9 x 6.7 cm (3 9/16 x 2 5/8 in.); Legacy dimension: .067 x .09

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



One of four square tapestry medallions of dark purple wool and natural-colored linen on linen warps (11 to a cm.), each on a fragmentary linen ground; design consists of a central square filled with geometric interlacings surrounded by meandering branches with leaves (vine leaves ). Similar to the designs of 90.249a, 90.249b and 90.249c..

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Source unidentified