Carving of a Horse



Coptic wood panel fragment, perhaps once part of a piece of furniture such as a choir screen. Square frame of a leaf-wreath foliage ornaments act as links between frame and subject. Carving of a horseman is now missing but was most likely to be a saint - the Copts venerated many images representing saints on horseback. Earlier display had a reconstruction drawing of the panel with St George riding a horse, drawn by Miss Elaine Tankard, former Keeper of Archaeology. Displayed: World Museum: Ancient World: Egypt Gallery (permanent gallery), 2008-2015.