Fragment of a wall hanging or curtain - ROM2008_9753_20

ROM2008_9753_20

Fragment of a wall hanging or curtain

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Linen and wool tapestry
Geography: Egypt
Date: 4th-5th century
Period: Late Antique - Early Byzantine
Dimensions:
41.5 x 20.5 cm
Object number: 910.125.36
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThis Late Antique textile fragment has a polychrome design consisting of two rows of closed lotus blossoms, carefully shaded from red to white, and a half-leaf border to either side. It perhaps formed part of an arcade framing figures like those of a Dionysian procession. The lotus motif is common in Nilotic imagery and was perhaps a symbol of rebirth (the lotus was observed to close at night and sink underwater only to re-emerge and bloom again the next day).
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