Ancient Egyptian Framed Coptic Textile

Ancient Egyptian Framed Coptic Textile

Item Number: 6781

$1,675.00

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Period: Circa 3rd - 5th CE
Dimensions: 30" x 19"
Material: Linen and wool
Condition: Two rondels are in very good condition with only slight losses as shown in photos. The original tunic back is in excellent conditon with only one small loss in middle.
Region: Egypt
Provenance: Acquired by the present owner at the Drouot auction house in Paris in the 70's. Previously in an old French collection.
Description
A lovely custom framed example of an ancient Coptic textlle, which are the most collectible of the world's earliest textiles. This piece is obviously well preserved because of the bone dry conditions existing in Egypt. Coptic textiles were made during the period which witnessed the decline of the Roman Empire in the West and the rise of two world religions, Christianity and Islam. Woven in bright, intense colors in both wool and linen, they display great beauty of design and tone, and are consummate examples of the weaver's skill.
By the middle of the third century Christianity had been established throughout most of Egypt. In spite of cruel persecutions, first by the Romans and later by the Arabs, the early Christians or Copts developed their own individual art style in the provinicial and monastic centers away from the influence of the great cities of the Nile delta.
Carrying on the traditions of Ancient Egypt, the Copts buried their dead in the desert, wrapping the bodies in beautifully woven and embroidered garments. Miraculously preserved for centuries in the hot,dry sand they lay undisturbed until discovered by modern archaeologists and scholars.
The two rondels in red, green and yellow each have a stylized figure within a tricolor border. They are mounted on the original linen tunic, unusual in its fine condition and size.
Ref. "Coptic Textiles" by Ludmila Kybalova, published by Paul Hamlyn, London, in Prague, 1967

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