Tunic with Dionysian figures and animals of the hunt - ROM2013_13592_1


Tunic with Dionysian figures and animals of the hunt

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Linen tabby with inwoven wool tapestry decoration
Geography: Egypt
Date: 6th century
Period: Early Byzantine
126 x 182 cm
Object number: 910.1.11
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThe term “Coptic,” derived from the Greek word for Egyptian, was used by the Arabs to describe the native Egyptians, who were largely Christian at the time of the Arab conquest (640 AD). Coptic textiles are Egyptian textiles dating from the Late Antique, Early Christian and Early Byzantine periods into Islamic times. The ROM’s collection includes several (rare) complete tunics. The linen tunic was woven to shape (in one piece). Its neck opening is strengthened with applied red wool braid. The decoration consists of inwoven tapestry bands and squares in deep purple wool, with details in red and yellow wool. Three panels on the chest contain dancing figures from a dionysian procession. Vertical bands extending from the shoulder (clavi) are divided into rectangular compartments with either a female bust or a running animal. Shoulder panels contain a hunter, while knee panels and sleevebands are decorated with animals of the hunt.
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