Coptic Fragment with Fish


A polychromatic and highly decorated Coptic textile fragment. This beautiful piece features the depiction of different zoomorphic creatures, including three fish and a fox. This fragment was likely part of a tunic, the most common Coptic garment.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD
Condition: Extremely fine with clear and visible details. The pigmentation is very well preserved.


During the Early Coptic period (3rd – 4th centuries AD), the primary decorative themes were taken from nature and Classical mythology and were certainly also influenced by Roman iconology. By the Middle Coptic period (5th – 7th centuries AD), depictions included abstract natural elements and Christian symbolism. 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.

To discover more about Coptic textiles, please visit our relevant blog post: Coptic Textiles in Antiquity.

Weight 3.9 g
Dimensions L 12 x H 7.5 cm