Coptic Fragment with Embroidered Cross

£ 145.00

A beautifully Coptic fragment, embroidered in dark brown ad ochre woollen threads. The fragment features a central medallion, displaying an intricate geometric decoration. To the centre a Greek cross is embroidered in dark brown. The medallion is framed by a rectangular border: the space in between the medallion and the border is further enriched by a geometric and floral decoration.

Date: Circa 4th-7th century AD
Condition: Fine, fragmentary.


SKU: FP-86 Category: Tags: , , ,

Coptic textiles, whose production began in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD in Egypt, were hand woven with unbleached linen warps and dyed wool wefts. This beautiful Coptic textile managed to survive thanks to the dry and hot desert climate.

During the Early Coptic period (3rd – 4th centuries AD), the primary decorative themes were taken from nature and Classical mythology. By the Middle Coptic period (5th – 7th centuries AD), depictions included abstract natural elements and Christian symbolism, such as the one displayed on this beautiful piece.

Weight 12.6 g
Dimensions W 14 x H 9.5 cm




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