Intricately Decorated Coptic Fragment


A Coptic textile panel with embroidered black wool on coarse fabric. This extremely fine example displays a multitude of riders on horses, human figures holding grapes and other animals.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD
Condition: Fine, with some signs of aging on the surface. This ancient fragment has been mounted on new fabric to better preserve it.


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.

To discover more about Coptic textiles, please visit our relevant blog post: Coptic Textiles in Antiquity.

Weight 36 g
Dimensions W 18.3 x H 23 cm



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