Coptic Wool Fragment with Colourful Decoration

£ 300.00

A finely rendered Coptic wool fragment, decorated with a rectangular-shaped panel, framed by a crenelated border. The fragment displays a colourful geometrical and floral decoration. This fragment might have possibly been part of a scarf or a tunic, the most common garment in Coptic culture.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD
Provenance: Property of a London W1 collector; formerly acquired between 1970 and the late 1990s.
Condition: Very fine.

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Such floral decorations were a common motif in the Near East and are also found in Syria and in Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians had a vital connection with nature and was a common feature in artistic representation and hieroglyphs.

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 18.8 g
Dimensions W 15 x H 15 cm




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