Fragment of a Coptic tapestry weave textile; Egypt; 4th-9th C. CE

Description:

Fragment of a Coptic tapestry weave textile; Egypt; 4th-9th C. CE. Section of a band (tunic band or furnishing? Not clear). 4" in warp direction, 1 1/8" in weft direction.

Yarns: Warp - singles, S-twist, natural linen; Weft - singles S-twist natural linen; Singles S-twist dark blue wool; green wool, and golden yellow wool

2 sections stitched together with natural 2-ply linen Z-twist yarn. The piece has remnants of a dark blue toothed border on one side and a green dot 3/4" in diameter; the gold section may have been a dot also.

One of a group of fragments of Coptic textiles purchased by the museum in the 1960s, when the Textile Division was tasked with presenting to the public the history of textile techniques and technology. The textiles of Coptic Egypt were (and are) famed for their designs and the range of techniques employed.

Date Made: 4th-9th C. CE

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Egypt

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T13677.000Catalog Number: T13677.000Accession Number: 260696

Object Name: Fabric Fragment, CopticCoptic tapestry fragment

Measurements: overall: 4 in x 1 1/8 in; 10.16 cm x 2.8575 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b5-1a7b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_640170

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