**Originally Listed At $600**
Romano Egyptian, ca. 2nd to 5th c. CE and Egypt, Coptic, ca. 3rd to 6th c. CE. Two rectangular textile panels, the first a late Roman tapestry from Egypt featuring three mythical figures, one with a fishtail perhaps representing Poseidon, amid leafy vines separated by vertical elements in chocolate brown on a natural ground. The Coptic textile presents an abstract depiction of two figures beneath a tree, perhaps Adam and Eve, surrounded by ornate design motifs, all in red and chocolate brown on a natural ground. Size: Romano Egyptian 11" L x 4.75" H (27.9 cm x 12.1 cm), 11" L x 8.75" H (27.9 cm x 22.2 cm) in lucite frame; Coptic 10" L x 5.5" H (25.4 cm x 14 cm); 11.875" L x 9.5" H (30.2 cm x 24.1 cm) in frame
The Romano Egyptian piece is an example of inset tapestry, in which there is a simple woven ground with colorful decorative panels applied atop it. A close look around the edges of the colored portion demonstrates that the background has a looser weave, which is a hallmark of late Roman tapestry from Egypt.
Using intricate patterns and vivid colors, Coptic weavers created masterpieces of textile art. Coptic textiles, used for rugs, wall hangings and clothing appliqués, were exported throughout the Roman and Byzantine empires.
Provenance: Ex-private New York collection
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