Silk; complementary weft-faced twill weave with inner warps (samite)
Overall: 20.6 x 19 cm (8 1/8 x 7 1/2 in.); Mounted: 27.9 x 26.7 cm (11 x 10 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.102
Coptic Textile Rotation Gallery 106
This elaborate pattern was woven on a large, early loom known as a drawloom that automatically repeated designs across the width of the fabric.
Originally, roundels like this were cut and sewn onto the front and back of a tunic, probably linen, in Egypt. They belong to a sizeable group of comparable silk decorations found in Akhmim, Egypt. In each roundel, a stylized palmette tree is enclosed within a simplified lotus border that evolved from an ancient Egyptian lotus motif.
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