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Fragment of a border with Dionysiac scenes

Egyptian (Coptic)
Late Roman
3rd–4th century A.D.

Object Place: Egypt


Overall: 25 x 6.5 cm (9 13/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool and Linen with eccentric weft

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Natural colored linen, on this is a design of circles enclosing dancing, nude figues woven with brown wool. Two patches of another pattern were sewed on. Both the patches and the weaving on which they were sewed depict Dionysiac scenes. The shape of the weaving shows that it was most likely used as a garment decoration, where it was probably placed below the neck opening.

This piece was not entered or catalogued when received.


Purchased from the Emily Esther Sears Fund of Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot III, 24 or VI, 33)) by A. M. Lythgoe, 1904

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund