Coptic textile depicting an abundant gardenM26
A fragment of linen and wool tapestry woven with an abstract scene thought to represent a garden at sunrise and sunset with an abundance of fruit and produce. Scenes of natural abundance were closely linked to early Christian imagery, suggesting a link between Christianity and fulfilment.
Egypt, Coptic period, 7th or 8th Century AD
18 x 9.5 cms (area of design, excluding black fabric backing)
Fragment as shown, sewn onto black fabric backing material for preservation and display
Ex. collection: Lt. Col. John Prosper Serjeant, UK; acquired in Egypt before 1956. Serjeant was a soldier and architect, he helped build additions to Victoria College in Alexandria after WW2.