6 December 2007
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
A COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENT
CIRCA 5TH-6TH CENTURY A.D.
Preserving a border of polychrome silk embroidery over linen, with panels of Christian iconography, including one with two winged male figures, likely archangels, a panel with two figures together, perhaps the Virgin and Child, a single figure enthroned, and a roundel with an orans, the under panel of silk brocade, perhaps inspired by or created by Sasanian silk weavers, preserving portions of animals, including lions and horses
29¼ in. (74.3 cm.) long
Auktion Fischer, Lucerne, June 1961, lot 561-4.
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For a polychrome silk embroidery fragment with Christian iconography of the same style see p. 129 in Rutschowscaya, Coptic Fabrics.
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