Large Coptic Textile with Stylized Figures

Culture: Egyptian
Period: 7th-8th century A.D.
Material: Textile
Dimensions: 30 cm x 29.5 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 1077
Provenance: German private collection, acquired before 1970.
Condition: A small damage at the lower right part, otherwise of excellent quality.
Description: Large textile with in total 24 stylized figures, possibly worshipers, some with raised arms, others grouped in pairs. The figures wearing red necklaces or face decoration. The bright red ribbon is to be interpreted as the victory of virtue against the evil. The swimmer symbolizes the deceased on his way to the otherworld, full with vigour and energy. In between faces framed in cartouches. The scenery is divided into two scenically identical but sequentially different rectangles. Both parts sideways framed by tapered patterns and dotted decoration. Influenced by the Sasanian iconography.