Fragment of a textile in rib weave with slanting weft. The tree has split into two main stems, colourful flowers and leaves springing forth. The vibrant use of pink, red, yellow and green wool offset the blue-black background and leave little of the natural linen visible. A border of pink and green circles once encompassed the whole crown. A fragment with patches missing, mounted on linen (modern).
This fragment comes from a religious hanging which was connected with the cult of the dead. It represents the Tree of Life which was a popular motif in Coptic textiles.
Simone de Monbrison, Paris, France; acquired prior to 1969