Child's tunic - 910.1.14_1_doc20130305_IMG7167

910.1.14_1_doc20130305_IMG7167

Child's tunic

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Linen with wool tapestry ornament and brocaded twill bands
Geography: Possibly Akhmim, Egypt
Date: 7th-9th Century
Period: Byzantine or Early Islamic
Dimensions:
2.5 x 67 x 103 cm
Object number: 910.1.14
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
Not on view
Description

Rows of scattered flowers and buds are woven into the body of the tunic as well as the sleeves. Separately woven tapestry bands have been applied to the neck. And brocaded twill bands have been added to the cuff and hem. The applied bands imitate 6th - 7th century drawloom-woven silks with small-scale monochrome geometric designs. Rare and expensive silks were sparingly used in this way to trim garments.

Coptic tunics were woven to shape in a single piece in the classical Roman manner. They have minimal shaping, and their extreme width was controlled with a girdle or belt. Their decoration was done on the loom in the tapestry technique.

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