Ancient Art

Square of tapestry

4th–6th century A.D.

Warps white wool, about 20 to the inch. Wefts purple and white wool, tapestry woven, the pattern is made in white linen with a free bobbin or possibly a needle. The purple threads are dovetailed with the white and there is a row of white chain-stitch where the square is inserted. Pattern: on a purple ground are interlacing bands outlined in white linen. There is a border with a tree in outline.

Object: 14.7 × 14.7 cm. (5 3/4 × 5 3/4 in.)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4408
Culture: 
Egyptian
Period: 
Coptic
Classification: 
Textiles
Status: 
Not on view
Provenance: 

Ackerman- Pope Coll. 1936. Bought in Cairo 1929.

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