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Three fragments of decoration for a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th-5th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 11 x 34 cm (4 5/16 x 13 3/8 in.) Height x width (b): 11.3 x 46 cm (4 7/16 x 18 1/8 in.) Height x width (c): 30 x 29.5 cm (11 13/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Warp and ground of natural-colored linen; design in dark blue, red and yellow wool and natural-colored linen:
96.175a: Band with vine leaves inside connected ovals from which stem vine branches; two roundels which enclose guilloche motifs intersect the vine; and an ankh woven with red and yellow wool is in the middle; a festoon border with vine motifs frames the band.

96.175b: Band with vine leaves inside ovals from which stem vine branches, four roundels of which two, one encloses guilloche motifs and the other a hare, intersect the vine; the other two border the band; guilloche motifs are inside the medallion on the right and a human bust is inside the one on the left; a festoon border with vine motifs frames the band.

96.175c: Rectangular fragment of natural-colored linen into which is woven a band with vine designs similar to those in 96.175a and 96.175b; a tapestry square panel enclosing a roundel with vine motifs is also sewn onto this fragment; festoon motifs similar to those in the band frame the square panel. The band is torn.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection