Two tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
6th–7th century A.D.


Overall (a): 9 x 46 cm (3 9/16 x 18 1/8 in.) Overall (b): 16 x 37 cm (6 5/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry weave with eccentric weft

Not On View


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



Warp of wool; ground of natural-colored linen, design, dentated stripes containing circles etc., in dark-blue wool.
96.152a: one band (probably a shoulder band); design consists of a row of fifteen connected circles, each enclosing an animal, probably a lion or a hare (?). The frame consists of a row of sem-circular motifs, each contains a floral unit.

96.152b: two parallel bands (probably sleeve bands), each shows a row of eleven circles, each enclosing an animal. The frame consists of a row semi-circular designs, each containing a floral unit. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection