Red Leaf Shaped Coptic Panel with Dancer

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Object Description

A fine leaf-shaped Coptic fabric panel featuring the depiction of a standing figure, shown facing right. The figure, possibly a male dancer, appears with raised hand. The figure can be associated with the cult of Dionysus, which was extremely popular in Hellenistic Egypt.

Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD

Coptic textiles, whose production began in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD in Egypt, were hand woven with unbleached linen warps and dyed wool wefts. This beautiful Coptic textile managed to survive thanks to the dry and hot desert climate.

During the Early Coptic period (3rd – 4th centuries AD), the primary decorative themes were taken from nature and Classical mythology. By the Middle Coptic period (5th – 7th centuries AD), depictions included abstract natural elements and Christian symbolism.

Object Condition

Very fine. This ancient fragment has been mounted on new fabric and onto cardboard to preservation.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    W:10.5 x H:19 centimeters

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Trent Park Equestrian Centre
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St James's Ancient Art
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