Tapestry medallion with eccentric weft

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman
3rd–4th century A.D.


Overall: 25 x 37 cm (9 13/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft; Wool and linen (S-spun)

Not On View


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



A plum colored tapestry medallion in the shape of a leaf with geometric weft float patterns woven in linen. The patterns in the main area of the medallion consist of connected octagonal motifs, enclosing small four petal-like motifs in the center of each unit. The medallion is framed by three borders of which the inner encloses interconnected discs and the outer displays connected vine leaf motifs woven against the natural colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection