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.