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Coptic textile depicting an abundant garden

M26

£175.00

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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.

Culture
Egypt, Coptic period, 7th or 8th Century AD

Size
18 x 9.5 cms (area of design, excluding black fabric backing)

Condition
Fragment as shown, sewn onto black fabric backing material for preservation and display

Provenance
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.

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