This funereal cloth was found in Egypt between 1958 and 1965, by a Professor of Archeology, Fawzi El Fakharani, who offered it to me as a present.
It is a woven cloth made of cotton or wool, it may represent the lion of Juda, or some early symbol of Christianity. There are a few similar Coptic cloths on display at the British Museum.
There seems to be a strong link here between the new Christian Faith of the early Church and its roots in the Biblical inheritance of the Jewish faith and traditions. The lion may well represent the link between Christ and the family of King David.
This cloth reminds me of the closeness of the Jewish Religion with its development in the Christian Faith, it also reveals the continuity of faith between communities, in spite of the relentless passing of time and periods of war and peace.