Coptic Textile Strip with Dancer, Zoomorphic and Floral Motifs


An Egyptian Coptic textile fragment woven in black wool onto coarse, unbleached linen. The fragment features a single frieze with decorative boarders. The piece is comprised of two borders of vitruvian scrolls which frame large circular medallions and foliage scrolls. At the centre of one of the medallions is a dancing human figure with one arm raised and the other displays a stylised zoomorphic figure. This fragment could have easily been part of a tunic as a decoration.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD
Period: Coptic Period
Condition: Very fine with clear and visible details.

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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 15 g
Dimensions L 18 x W 10 cm




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