Coptic Textile with Erote


A fine Coptic wool roundel in brown wool and coarse linen featuring a winged Erote to the centre, displayed standing with spread wings. The ground is further enriched by Zoomorphic and floral motifs. This roundel was very likely part of a tunic, the most common garment in Coptic culture.

Date: Circa 3rd - 4th century AD
Provenance: From the collection of a London ancient art specialist; from a collection acquired in the 1970s and 1980s.
Condition: Very fine. This ancient fragment has been repaired at the back and it is missing a small part on the top-left side. 

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In Ancient Greek culture and mythology Erotes were winged gods associated with love and carnal pleasures.

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.

Weight 9 g
Dimensions W 11 cm




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