Tapestry roundel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Height x width: 13.5 x 15.4 cm (5 5/16 x 6 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Red woolen ground with all over linear ogival motifs, each enclosing a disc. In the center is a head inside a circle; the design of the border consists of animal-like heads on both sides of scrolled branches woven with yellow wool on a dark brown woolen ground; the design in the roundel is woven with green, blue, red and yellow wool and natural-colored linen.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection