Tapestry medallion

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


Height x width: 8.5 x 9.5 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/4 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 blue wool, design of red and yellow wool, and natural colored linen. Design consists of a central roundel and two smaller ones at the upper half of the medallion, each enclosing a human head; two leaves and floral motifs surround the central roundel. The border consists of connected leaf motifs. Design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection