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Coptic Textile Fragment - P.3613
Origin: Egypt
Circa: 600 AD to 900 AD
Dimensions: 2" (5.1cm) high x 2" (5.1cm) wide
Collection: Egyptian
Medium: Textile

Additional Information: Found in Sinai, Egypt
Location: United States
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The weavers of Coptic Egypt created vibrant masterpieces in colored wool and silk to adorn the clothing of secular and ecclesiastic officials. This unusual circular fragment, once attached to a tunic, depicts a stylized human figure bent into an animal pose. It may represent the Biblical story of the madness of Nebuchadnezzar, or perhaps it is simply a comment on the human condition. Rendered in the bold lines and colors of early Christian art, it possesses the hypnotic, surreal quality of a dream. The centuries have in no way diminished its visual power. - (P.3613)


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