Coptic Textile with a Horseman, 6th/7th Century AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1167481
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Nice equestrian figure riding a long-eared prancing horse. The horseman holds scepter and orb in one hand, the other is raised to a blessing or greeting gesture.
The rider is stuck like a wedge through the horse which appears as a cubistic arrangement of different plain parts with linear details. The red mane is framed.
The image of the equestrian figure was a popular motif in Coptic art and embraced hunters, emperors and saints.
Scepter and orb define our rider as a Byzantine emperor; the raised hand though may denote a transitional piece towards the depictions of saints.
For transitional examples with a comparable cubistic style cf. pp. 304-307 in: Karl-Heinz Brune. Der koptische Reiter: Jäger, König, Heiliger. Altenberge 1999.
Dyed wool, linen
Coptic, 6th/7th century AD
D. 8 cm (3.1 in)
D. frame 13 cm (5.1 in)
Fragment, nice polychromy.
Swiss art market (data will be provided to the buyer)
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.