Origin: Egypt, Alexandria, Type: border fragment,
Period: 4th Century
Warp: Linen and wool pattern weft on a wool warp in slit tapestry
technique with some curved wefting. 14-15 warps/cm.
Colors: Brick red, brown-black, beige, olive brown, rust red.
Tunic border with a pattern of 3 complete male figures carrying
ducks moving briskly rightwards, cloaks flying behind them. An
upper border of small roundels enclosing flowers, and a wide lower
band of lappets and palmettes; finishing with a narrow vertically
banded stripe. Remains of the top end finish of warps returned
over 2 cords. The figures with their large, round staring eyes,
pompador hairstyles, lively poses and flowing classical garments
all are consistent with a 4th century date, as are the saturated
and widely ranged colors.