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Tunic

Date:
probably 5th century
Geography:
Said to be from Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Linen, wool
Dimensions:
66.5 in. high 55.00 in. wide (169 cm high 140 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926
Accession Number:
26.9.6
Not on view
Tunics, usually worn in layers, were the standard dress of the Mediterranean world. Officials, nobles, and well-to-do citizens wore long ones with expansive long sleeves. The outer garment was embellished with woven, ornamented medallions and bands, called clavi. Here, dancing warriors possibly associated with Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, decorate the squares. Vine leaves and interlace patterns decorate the clavi.
[ Nicolas Tano, Cairo; sold to Harkness]; Edward S. Harkness, New York (until 1926; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 42.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," November 1, 2000–December 1, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," December 6, 2005–September 24, 2008.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 42, listed p.46, ill. p. 46 (b/w).



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