Three tapestry fragments

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 5.1 x 25.3 cm (2 x 9 15/16 in.) Height x width (b): 5.8 x 26 cm (2 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.) Height x width (c): 8.8 x 37.5 cm (3 7/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


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



Three bands; linen warp; design worked with linen and small areas of brown wool; background with red wool; 12 warp threads to a centimeter. Design shows Dionysiac figures. The shape of the bands suggests that they may be fragments of shoulder bands (clavi)

07.264a: Design shows three male figures, each raising one arm; large holes in two areas; border consists of connected heart-shaped motifs.
07.264b: Design similar to 07.264a, but without the holes.
07264c: Design shows five male figures of which the two at the lower end stand next to each other. One of the two figures holds what may be a leopard’s skin, associated with Dionysus.

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund