Coptic Textile Fragment with Colourful Wool Accents


A fine example of an Ancient Egyptian coptic textile fragment. The base is a natural unbleached linen, tightly woven in place. There are slightly thicker lighter bands of weave running in parallel stripes over the piece. In a few areas colourful wools in red and blue have been woven over the pieces, creating two lines and an oblong piece. The fragment may have originally been part of a tunic, the most common type of coptic garment, however the overall design and form cannot be deduced.

Date: Circa 4th - 7th Century AD
Provenance: Provenance: From a Private Dorset collection, 1980s-1990s.
Condition: Good Condition. The textile has frayed and irregular edges and some small torn areas on the surface. There are sporadic areas of discolouration over the whole piece


SKU: MJ-28 Category: Tag:

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. The majority that have survived, were used to decorate tunics; a clothing staple of the time. Influenced by a fusion of cultures and history, Coptic textiles evolved with history. During the Early Coptic period (3rd – 4th centuries AD), the primary decorative themes were taken from nature and Classical mythology, with Hellenistic tradition still popular. By the Middle Coptic period (5th – 7th centuries AD), depictions included abstract natural elements and Christian symbolism. The third period of textiles refers to the period of Islamic dominance, when the Copts were still able to survive despite their oppression.

Weight 4.2 g
Dimensions L 13.2 x W 11.2 x H 0.1 cm




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