Two shoulder bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Overall (a): 21 x 30.5 cm (8 1/4 x 12 in.) Overall (b): 10 x 32 cm (3 15/16 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Two fragments of natural-colored linen into which are woven two stripes outlined by a brownish violet border with black floral motifs. The outlined borders are of wool and they enclose lozenges each framing a leaf motif; the lozenges are formed by disconnected smaller leaves; woven with red wool and natural-colored linen; probably two shoulder bands (clavi). The design shows Byzantine influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection