A fine leaf-shaped Coptic fabric panel featuring the depiction of a standing figure, possibly a dancer. The composition is further enriched by zoomorphic and floral motifs. 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 Condition: Very fine.
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.
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