Three fragments of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 46 x 28.5 cm (18 1/8 x 11 1/4 in.) Height x width (b): 21 x 32 cm (8 1/4 x 12 5/8 in.) Height x width (c): 5.5 x 11.5 cm (2 3/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of linen; ground of natural-colored linen, fragments of a tunic.
96.329a: Fragment with two inwoven shoulder bands of which one shows a design of a branch with leaves on both sides and a serpent in a rectangular area; an oval medallion enclosing a lotus motif is at the end of the band, design is of red, dark green, brown and deep violet-brown wool; woven into a piece of natural-colored linen fabric. The design of the other shoulder band is worn except for a rectangular area that shows a snake.

96.329b: Fragment with two parallel tapestry bands each showing slight remains of a branch with vine leaves on both sides (probably a fragment of sleeve band); design is woven in red and violet brown wool.

96.329c: Fragment with a band showing slight remains of a design of a branch with vine leaves on both sides, woven with red and brown wool.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection