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Clavus

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4th-5th A.D.Egyptlinen with coloured appliqué, warp: linen, weft: woolH 10 cm; L 126 cm

The clavus preserved in bright colours consists of several parts. Two intertwining acanthus tendrils create twelve circular fields on a dark blue background, each separated by a dainty pedicel. Within those frames various representations of human faces, animal heads and botanic elements are represented. The clavus was acquired in three parts in the years 1887-89 and then joined together at the MKG. The museum holds a great collection of so-called Coptic textiles, which were found in the Egyptian tombs of late Antiquity.