**Originally Listed At $2250**
Egypt, Coptic, ca. 4th to 5th century CE. A fine example of a Coptic textile garment, this tunic presents a decorative border around the sleeves, shoulders, and collar of the black bodice, the border woven with russet red wool yarns for the ground and adorned with repeating stylized visages and X motifs in cream and dark earth tones. Adding to the decorative program are a pair of beige diamond-shaped appliques detailed with interior red diamond motifs (with beige details) surrounded by concentric red circles and striations. The piece is set in a glass-faced floating wood frame and can be hung on a wall to be fully appreciated. Size: 20.75" W x 10.25" H (52.7 cm x 26 cm)
The Coptics were the Christian descendants of the ancient Egyptians. The emergence of Coptic art coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire and corresponded with the reemergence of native art in Egypt. Using intricate patterns and vivid colors, Coptic weavers created masterpieces of textile art. Coptic textiles, used for rugs, wall hangings, and clothing appliques, were exported throughout the Roman and Byzantine empires. Coptic tunics and shawls were standard garments during this time. Coptic textiles are some of the only examples of ancient textiles to have survived since they come from the dry Egyptian desert climate.
Published as an insert featuring various private collections in "Egypte Onomwonden: Egyptische oudheden van het museum Vleeshuis" by Eric Gubel; Pandora, 1995.
Provenance: Ex- Paris, France collection.
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