Fragment of a Cover with Geometric and Interlace Decoration

Object Name: Fragment of a cover

Date: 5th century

Geography: Attributed to Egypt

Medium: Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave

Dimensions: Textile: L. 25 9/16 in. (64.9 cm)
W. 38 3/16 in. (97 cm)
Mount: L. 30 in. (76.2 cm)
W. 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)
D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of George F. Baker, 1890

Accession Number: 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.