Tunic fragment - 910.1.1_1


Tunic fragment

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Wool tabby with tapestry bands
Geography: Made in Akhmīm, Egypt
Date: 6th-7th Century
Period: Early Byzantine
109 x 64 cm
Object number: 910.1.1
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
Not on view

This vivid Coptic tunic was woven to shape in the classical manner. It represents less than a third of the final width: the tapestry band at the left edge is actually the remains of a band that would have descended from the centre of the left shoulder. The tapestry decoration is integral, as is the distinctive looped weft fringe at the hem. Tunics of this type have been variously dated from the 3rd to 9th century.

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