Tapestry medallion with polychrome figures on a red ground. In the center field, a haloed rider on a prancing horse carries a staff or scepter topped with a trefoil, and holds a ring. A lion below looks back over his shoulder. Two additional figures, one at each side, wear spotted green clothing. The rider is in pink with a flowing blue cape. Inner border of polychrome connected flower heads on a natural ground; outer border of polychrome stepped pattern on dark blue ground. The image is said to represent the emperor with two Persian prisoners, a reference to the victory of Heraclius (617 - 641) over the Persians in 627.

Tapestry medallion with polychrome figures on a red ground. In the center field, a haloed rider on a prancing horse carries a staff or scepter topped with a trefoil, and holds a ring. A lion below looks back over his shoulder. Two additional figures, one at each side, wear spotted green clothing. The rider is in pink with a flowing blue cape. Inner border of polychrome connected flower heads on a natural ground; outer border of polychrome stepped pattern on dark blue ground.
The image is said to represent the emperor with two Persian prisoners, a reference to the victory of Heraclius (617 – 641) over the Persians in 627.

Featured Image: Coptic roundel (Egypt), 6th–7th century; Wool slit tapestry with supplementary weft wrapping in linen foundation; 23.5 x 21.5 cm (9 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan, 1902-1-71

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