Tapestry panel: Head of a man

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

Object Place: Egypt ?


23.5 x 20 cm (9 1/4 x 7 7/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 23.5 x 20.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


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



Rectangular panel: Warp (crossing panel horizontally) of pale neutral yellow wool (S twist), 8-9 to cm.; weft:polychrome wool (S twist). Design on a bluish green ground, represents a head of a haloed bearded man with a bald head, hair and beard shaded brown and neutral yellow. Flesh tones are woven with several shades of pale yellow and rose; features are accented with dark blue and brown. Probably represents a saint of the type of Byzantine images depicting Saint Paul. Condition is very fragmentary and somewhat stained.

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund