Tapestry medallions

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


Height x width (a): 5.5 x 5 cm (2 3/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Height x width (b): 6.5 x 4.5 cm (2 9/16 x 1 3/4 in.) Height x width (c): 7 x 4.5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 3/4 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 light blue, green and yellow-brown wool and natural-colored linen. Medallions are in the shape of leaves; the design in each medallion consists of a jar from which stems a branch that ends with a panther (?) on each side; a round motif (fruit ) from which stem branches, flowers and a bird is at the top of the jar. Design shows Sassanian influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection