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Child's Tunic with Tapestry-Weave Ornament and Applied Bands

Object Name:
Tunic
Date:
6th–9th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Linen, wool
Dimensions:
23 in. high 40.00 in. wide (58.4 cm high 101.6 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.898
Not on view
This charming child's tunic is decorated with a combination of purple tapestry-weave ornament and applied blue-ground, weft-pattern bands. Groupings of self-bands (ornamental bands of multiple, undyed weft threads) enliven the linen ground. The vestigial clavi and double sleeve bands are decorated with figure-eight knots and circles; the petite roundels consist of an ivy leaf surrounded by a running wave border. The applied blue bands are decorated with quincunx. Weft-pattern bands like those seen here became increasingly popular in the sixth and seventh centuries and are thought to be modeled on silk textiles with repeating patterns, which were cut into strips and applied to clothing.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Clothing in Byzantine Eygypt," November 9, 2009–June 12, 2011.

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