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An early Christian Coptic Textile of the Sacred Horseman, ca 5th - 7th century AD

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finely woven on red ground, portraying a horseman holding a shield and wearing a stylized halo, a female demon lies at his feet.

The image of the Sacred Horseman, the deliverer from evil, was one of the most common protective symbols of early Christian iconography.  It appears on various types of accessories and jewelry, that served as amulets.  

Condition:  Fragment as described, the main motif in very good condition.  Custom framed.

Dimensions:   Frame Height:  24.5cm (9 3/4 inches)  Medallion:  8 cm (3 inches) x 7 cm (2 3/4 inches)

Provenance:  Dr. Ulrick Mueller private collection, Zurich Switzerland acquired between 1968-1978.



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