Textile fragment possibly from a garment

7th–8th century A.D.

Object Place: possibly Achmim, Egypt


Height x width: 20 x 19 cm (7 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk samit

Not On View


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



The design shows Syrian or Persian influence. Silk samit, 1/2 twill with red and white wefts creating a design consisting of lines of undulating vines and rosettes forming diamonds and enclosing circular or lobed medallions, in which are pairs of birds face to face or back to back. Like 07.641. Pieces like this have been found at Akhmim, buried in the Coptic graves.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection