Byzantine; Made in Egypt
Polychrome wool and undyed linen, tapestry, weave
25 5/8 x 38 1/4 in. (65.1 x 97.2 cm)
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890 (90.5.807)
This fragment was perhaps part of a cover originally decorated with identical ornamentation at each end. The richly colored geometric patterns are filled with plant forms reminiscent of Dionysian imagery. The eight-pointed stars formed from overlaid squares may have been meant to offer magical protection to its owner.