Coptic square panel with the winged Eros flying over a rarely seen sea monster.
The mixed creature appears with the masterly rendered head of a lioness, wings (?) and a twisted body ending in a fish tail.
Stitched linear details. The sea monster with a dotted skin.
The figures are inside an octagonal medallion with stylized flowers in the corners. The panel is bordered with floral ornaments.
Wool on linen
Coptic Egypt, 4th/6th century AD
Textile: H. 13 cm (5.1 in), W. 12 cm (4.7 in)
Frame: 21 cm x 21 cm (8.3 in)
Fragment. Excellent design and vivid depiction. Mounted on Coptic linen textiles.
Swiss private collection, acquired at the gallery of Elsa Bloch-Diener, Berne.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.