Textile roundel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th century A.D.

Place of Manufacture: Egypt


Height x width: 13.3 x 12 cm (5 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry weave

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Circular medallion, with six classical mythological figures on a pinkish-red ground, warp linen, weft wool and linen, central seated figure may be Zeus, figure on his left with wings on feet, may be Hermes, faded, stains, some holes. Subject identified as Judgment of Paris. See Notes on Collection. Fashion for wearing brightly colored tapestry woven costume ornaments: this Roundel – probably one of a pair of segmenta, pairs of round panels worn over the shoulders and on the front and back of the skirt of the tunic.


1955, gift of Thomas S. Buechner (b. 1926 - d. 2010), Corning, NY, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 15, 1955)

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas S. Buechner