A COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENT, CIRCA 4TH/5TH CENTURY A.D.

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A COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENT, CIRCA 4TH/5TH CENTURY A.D.

Unframed: 50.3 x 33 cm; 19 ¾ x 13 in Framed: 59.5 x 41.8 cm; 23 3/8 x 16 ½ in

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Simone de Monbrison, Paris, France; acquired prior to 1969

CATALOGUE NOTE
This fragment depicts the “tree of life,” which was a popular motif in Coptic textiles and was likely part of a larger religious tapestry, connected to the cult of the dead. While the Copts who inhabited Egypt in the 1st millennium after Christ practiced Christianity, their rich textile tradition took inspiration from ancient Egyptian, near eastern and classical imagery. The tree of life is one such example, which was a prominent motif in ancient Assyrian art. For a more complete textile depicting a similar tree of life in the Hermitage Museum, see
https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/11.%20textiles%2C%20tapestry/164798/!ut/p/z1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zi_R0dzQyNnQ28_J1NXQwc_YMCTIOc_dwNDE30w8EKDHAARwP9KGL041EQhd94L0IWAH1gVOTr7JuuH1WQWJKhm5mXlq8fYWiop1CSWlGSmZNarKNQkliQWlxSVAkUNzMxt7QAuioKzVxPb3OguSGmHv7-Yc5GziZQBXhcVpAbGlHl42GQ6aioCAACW3G-/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/?lng=en

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