Child's Tunic with Tapestry-Weave Ornament and Applied Bands
23 in. high 40.00 in. wide (58.4 cm high 101.6 cm wide)
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
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)
Date: 9th–10th centuryMedium: Tapestry weave in red wool (dyed with madder) and undyed linen on plain-weave ground of undyed linen; details in flying shuttle in undyed linen; weft loop pile with undyed linen
Accession: 90.5.829On view in:Gallery 599