Nancy Hoskins Coptic Tapestry

The Coptic Tapestry Albums and the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet

Nancy Hoskins 
Author, Teacher, Artist

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
2:00 pm:  Lecture (Free)


**This Event does not take place in our usual location**

Textile museum 

701 21st Street NW, 

Washington, DC 20052

Frescoes, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures from all over the Roman Empire depict distinctive textiles, such as those found in Coptic Egyptian burial sites dating from the third through the seventh century. These colorful tapestries illustrate birds, fish, fruit, flowers, portraits, geometric motifs, religious symbols, and narrative scenes both classical and Christian. In this lecture, Hoskins will discuss the Coptic fabrics found by French archeologist Albert Gayet and the subsequent exhibitions in early twentieth-century Paris. Hoskins will share slides from research in over eighty museums around the world, examples from her own personal collection of Coptic fragments, and handwoven recreations of ancient textiles.


Nancy Arthur Hoskins, a former college weaving instructor, is the author of three books; numerous articles; and has contributed chapters about Egyptian textiles to four other books. Nancy has researched Coptic collections in over fifty museums and has presented lectures and workshops for national and international guilds and conferences. Hoskins’ art fabrics have been in solo, group, and invitational exhibits. In 2009-10 she led The Textiles of Egypt Tour.