Tapestry weave: wool
Overall: 15.9 x 23.5 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1950.512
As creatures seen on Egypt's Nile River, ducks represent the abundance of life. The effects of shading and modeling are visible in the duck's head, which stands out against a background of sparkling water. The image is rendered in tapestry weave with wool dyed distinctive colors, several of which are combined, such as blue and red, and coral and blue-green on the right side, as if painted with dyed threads. While not common, scenes of aquatic life inspired by the Nile were celebrated in Coptic textiles. Typical of luxury curtains and hangings, the fragment is woven entirely with wool.
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