Tapestry panel: Head of a woman

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman or Early Byzantine
3rd-4th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt ?


19 x 19.2 cm (7 1/2 x 7 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Found in Egypt, design reflects late Hellenistic style. Rectangular panel (fragmentary): head of a woman. Warp: (crossing panel horizontally) pale neutral yellow wool (S twist) 8-9 to cm. Weft: polychrome wool (S twist). Design: on bluish-green ground, head of a woman in profile against pale neutral yellow halo, pale brown hair, accented with dark blue, drawn in knot back of head, left shoulder an dupper arm bare, vestige of blue drapery. Flesh tones woven with shades of pale yellow and brown with traces of rose color, outlines pale brown, accents and features accented with two shades of blue. Condition very fragmentary, somewhat stained, small sections of cream and rose border on sides visible.


Found in Egypt

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund