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Textile Fragment with Bird and Flowers

This section of patterned material was probably part of a curtain or tablecloth. The presentation of subject matter combines naturalistic and ornamental approaches. The blue-green birds are presented in accurately observed profile, while the pink and red flowers and flower buds are highly stylized. These charming elements are arranged within a lozenge-shaped grid, which holds the design together within a geometric framework. All of the elements of the design were woven into the fabric, although a few details were embroidered.

Coptic (Egypt)
Textile Fragment with Bird and Flowers
1st–4th century AD
Linen, wool
28 3/8 x 26 in. (72.0 x 66.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 86.6