Two tapestry fragments

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th–8th century A.D.


Height x width (a): 10 x 37.5 cm (3 15/16 x 14 3/4 in.) Height x width (b): 11 x 21 cm (4 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Warp of wool; ground of red wool; design in light and dark blue, pink, yellow and green wool and natural-colored linen.
(a): Design shows four leaf-like motifs connected by a branch (?); an oval-shaped motif and a stripe in the middle of each of the four units divides it into two areas woven in different colors. Individual scrolled motifs flank the central design. Design shows Byzantine influence.
(b): Design is similar to (a), but shows two leaf-like motifs.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection