Two silk weavings

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th-10th century A.D.


(a) Height x width: 17 x 16 cm (6 11/16 x 6 5/16 in.) (b) Height x width: 16.9 x 16 cm (6 5/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light brown silk ground of diagonal weave; the design in each of the two square weavings consists of a roundel enclosing a candelabra-shaped plant with two large leaves on each side woven with cream white silk; the border encloses brown lotus-like scrolled motifs on a white ground. The design is a more stylized version of that in 15.388. Cut from a larger piece of silk from the same garment as 15.521..
15.384a has a large hole in the midde.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection