The Tapestries of Coptic Egypt

Lecture by Nancy Arthur Hoskins
Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:30pm
Over a hundred thousand tapestries, from small fragments to large wall hangings, were discovered in the burial grounds of Coptic Egypt (late 3rd to mid-7th century AD) – by the French Egyptologist Albert Gayet. Colorful birds, fish, fruit, flowers, figures, portraits, religious symbols, and narrative scenes -- both Classical and Christian -- decorate the textiles. These tapestries reveal the rich cultural construct of the time and place in which they were created. To research these Coptic fabrics, I have visited over ninety public and private collections around the world. Coptic tapestries from my personal collection will be displayed at the lecture.

Nancy Arthur Hoskins, an author, artist, and former college weaving teacher, has taught and exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2009 and 2010 she led The Textiles of Egypt Tours.