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|A woven textile fragment decorated with an abstract representation of a tree with geometrically arranged branches and foliage. The round dots in the foliage suggest a fruit tree, and it could be guessed that this is an image of an apple tree, in reference to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The term "Coptic Textile" refers to the large group of wool, linen, cotton and occasionally silk embroideries produced by the early Christian Copts who lived and worked in Northern Egypt. The textile production was based on trade and their wares were sold to merchants and visitors from all parts of the known world; therefore overtly Christian iconography does not play a leading part in their designs. By the time of Islamic dominance in Egypt, figurative decoration ceased in compliance with Muslim law and artistic traditions based on foliate and geometric motifs dominated thereafter. These textiles were admired and prized in antiquity and their distribution would have been fairly wide-spread but it is due to the arid environment in Egypt that the majority of surviving examples originate from this region. The Christian Copts of Africa, notably Ethiopia, are the descendants of the people who made these textiles. Egypt, circa 6th to 8th Century AD Fragment as shown. Size: 24.5 x 22.5 cms Ex Private Collection, Salisbury, UK. Further reading: Coptic Art,Methuen, London 1971; for earlier pieces. Tissus d'Egypte, Bouvier Collection, Paris 1993; for the Arab period.|