Textile fragment

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

Object Place: Iran, Iraq, or eastern Mediterranean


Height x width: 21.4 x 14.5 cm (8 7/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and cotton tapestry weave

Not On View


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



Ground: entirely cut away. Warps: brown wool. Design: motif from tapestry band such as in 37.380; of brown and dark blue wool and cream cotton. Cream ram with patterned ribbons flying from its collar; placed on brown rectangle (15.5 x 10 cm); edged on four sides with narrow cream stripe. On top, left, and bottom of piece is needle-weaving border (2 to 3 cm. wide) of cream on brown, in conventional floral motif. In top and bottom left corners is square medallion of brown and cream on blue.


1934, purchased by the MFA for $295.70 (total price for 34.114-120). (Accession Date: April 5, 1934)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund