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Perhaps the most visually striking of all the fragments illustrated here, these two opposed anthropomorphic bird or horsemen figures have an overall iconography that seems to have been derived from an Anatolian origin. However, on closer inspection other more subtle links to the earlier, classical Egyptian textile tradition are likewise present.

This powerful combination of human, animal and geometric symbols, regardless of its fragmented condition, undeniably presents a zenith in the art of Near Eastern slit-tapestry weaving.

Technical Analysis
Cairo Inv No IM 15634
Size: 13 inch x 14.5 inch
Warp: Wool, Z2S 16 per inch
Weft: Wool with areas of white cotton, 64-112 weft per inch
Structure: slit-tapestry