Female Portrait with Halo, between 2nd and 4th century CE

  • Coptic, Egyptian

Wool only, very lustrous

  • Overall: 6 3/8 × 4 3/4 inches (16.2 × 12.1 cm) Mount: 14 5/8 × 12 5/8 inches (37.1 × 32.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Octavia W. Bates Fund

35.103

Department

Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas

  • Female
  • Coptic (period)
  • Tapestry
  • Wool (hair)
  • Earrings
  • Portrait
  • Fragment
  • Syria
  • Egypt

excavated in Egypt. (Marguerite Mallon-Nadud)

1935-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Coptic, Egyptian, Female Portrait with Halo, between 2nd and 4th century CE, wool only, very lustrous. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Octavia W. Bates Fund, 35.103.