Coptic Textile Fragment with Spiral Motif


An ancient Egyptian, Coptic textile fragment with a vibrant coloured border. The piece is made from black, red, and ochre coloured wools, woven together with beautiful intricacy. Repeating spirals, joined in a band, create a striking focus to the edge of the fragment. The piece may have originally been part of a tunic, the most common type of Coptic garment.

Date: Circa 5th - 6th Century AD
Provenance: From a Private Dorset collection, 1980s-1990s.
Condition: Good Condition. The textile has frayed, irregular edges. The colours are vibrant and the motif details are still clearly visible.

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SKU: MJ-27 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. 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 2.1 g
Dimensions L 9.5 x W 7.5 x H 0.1 cm



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