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Textile executed in tapestry weave and flying-shuttle technique. This element originates from Coptic tunic. The preserved fragment inside an aorbiculus is covered with decoration of the Flechtknoten type.

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Textile executed in tapestry weave and flying-shuttle technique. This element originates from Coptic tunic. The preserved fragment inside an aorbiculus is covered with decoration of the Flechtknoten type. The motif was important because of its apothropaic role in the exercise of magic, as it has neither beginning nor end, and its force is concentrated in the center. Known also as a Salomon's knot (sfragis Salomonis), this motif appear on different kinds of objects in all the Orbis Antiquus. The tripartite border has rhythmically repeated stylized ankhs or else, vine leaves and fruit in the outer band.

Elaborated by Krzysztof Babraj (Archaeological Museum in Kraków), © all rights reserved

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Fragment of a Coptic fabric (“orbiculus”)

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