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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 41

    TWO COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENTS

    CIRCA LATE 4TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TWO COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENTS
    CIRCA LATE 4TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.
    Perhaps from curtains, one with a standing draped figure, crowned, a flowering stalk in his right hand, his left elbow resting on a cornucopia; and one with a similar figure holding a cornucopia in his right hand, a sheaf of wheat in his left, a large medallion pendant hanging from a necklace; both of linen and natural, dark brown, red and green wool
    Larger: 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm.) long (2)


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    For the type see no. 39, p. 129 in Friedman, Beyond the Pharaohs, Egypt and the Copts in the 2nd to 7th Centuries A.D., of which the author notes that such curtains were common in this period and were part of a standard iconographic repertory of Dionysiac, seasonal and pastoral themes that "made them broad allegories of life's blessing and renewal..."

    Provenance

    with Christian Grand, Zurich, 1972.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION