Coptic polychrome textile with a male head within a medallion and tendrils in the field.
The head may belong to a saint and shows red-brown hair and mouth; eyes and nose black.
The tunic is rendered with green wool, the neck collar in complementary orange.
The dark stripe at center is framed by floral chains.
Wool on linen
Coptic Egypt, 5th/7th century AD
Textile: W. 12 cm (4.7 in), H. 8.6 cm (3.4 in)
Frame: 33 cm (13 in) x 27 cm (10.6 in)
Fragmentary. Nice polychromy.
Swiss private collection, acquired at the gallery of Elsa Bloch-Diener, Berne.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.