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More Egyptian tapestry fragments from the 4th through 8th centuries.  Most decorated tunics, and consisted of narrow bands that extended downwards from the shoulders, pairs of bands on the sleeves, or square, oval or round tapestry inserts on the shoulders and lower front.  A few of the fragments originally decorated curtains, wall hangings, or shawls.  Please realize that the dates listed are only educated guesses. 

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Coptic Tunic Insertion
Egypt. 6th to 7th century
Wool and linen
9.5 cm. x 8.5 cm.
Slit tapestry
Coptic Tunic Clavis
Egypt.  6th to 7th century
Wool and linen. 
6 cm. x 31 cm.
Slit tapestry and soumak
  Coptic Tunic Fragments
Egypt.  5th to 7th century
Wool and linen 
6 cm. x 24 cm.; 4 cm. x 4 cm.; 4 cm. x 4.5 cm.
Slit tapestry


Coptic Clavus Fragment
Egypt.  5th to 6th century
Wool and linen.
10 cm. x 34.5 cm.
Slit tapestry

Coptic Tunic Fragment
   with Insertions
4th to 5th century
Linen and wool.
18 cm. x 31 cm.
Tapestry and soumak
Among the many publications devoted to Coptic textiles, the following give good coverage to Late Roman/Early Byzantine pieces such as those above:

James Trilling, The Roman Heritage: Textiles from Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean 300 to 600 AD, Washington, 1982.

Diane Lee Carroll, Looms and Textiles of the Copts, Seattle, 1988).

Ludmila Kybalova, Coptic Textiles, London, 1967.

Marie-Helene Rutschowscaya, Coptic Fabrics, Paris, 1990.
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