Fragile Remnants

Egyptian Textiles of Late Antiquity and Early Islam

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Fragile Remnants
Egyptian Textiles of Late Antiquity and Early Islam

Ed. Peter Noever, foreword by Peter Noever, text(s) by Angela Völker, Regina Hofmann-de Keijzer, Veronika Mader, Anke Weidner

German, English

2006. 200 pp., 120 ills.


21.20 x 26.10 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1699-4

Most Coptic textiles, ancient and early Islamic fabrics unearthed at burial grounds and other archaeological sites in Egypt in the nineteenth century, are woven woolen or linen goods. These items-including curtains, blankets, pillows, tunics, mantle cloths, and a wide range of accessories-produced between the third and eighth centuries AD convey a vivid impression of the diversity of textile production during the period. This new genre of archaeological find was presented for the very first time at the Imperial and Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry in Vienna (today MAK) in 1883, accompanied by a catalogue compiled by its discoverers-Orientalist Josef von Karabacek and art dealer Theodor Graf. The MAK purchased the core of Graf's collection that same year. Today, this significant collection of Coptic textiles encompasses more than 1,000 objects. The 115 objects selected for presentation in this book offer a representative overview. Each is described in detail and archeologically classified, and weaving methods are discussed.

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