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Woven Mat

Date:
500–600
Geography:
Made in Thebes, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Woven grass or reed
Dimensions:
Overall (folded): 4 15/16 x 26 3/4 x 16 9/16 in. (12.5 x 68 x 42 cm)
Overall (approx.): 64 9/16 x 24 13/16 x 9/16 in. (164 x 63 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.1.221
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Tools and grass found at the monastery indicate that the monks wove mats and baskets both for their own use and for sale as one of their means of support.
From the Monastery of Epiphanius at Thebes. Museum excavations, 1913–14. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1914.
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