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Child's Tunic with Hood

Object Name:
Attributed to Egypt
Tapestry weave in purple-colored, red-brown, and undyed wool on plain-weave ground of green wool; fringes in green and red-brown along the perimeter of the hood and lower edges
Textile (Including sleeves and hood): H. 35 1/16 in. (89.1 cm) W. 39 3/4 in. (101 cm) Mount: H. 42 in. (106.7 cm) W. 47 1/4 in. (120 cm) D. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
Heavy woolen garments such as the example seen here were generally worn as a top layer over a lighter tunic, and hoods offered added protection against heat, cold, or dust. This green wool garment is one of a number of hooded children's tunics that have been preserved. It is ornamented with plain, undyed bands, while its clavi and double sleeve bands are made of purple-colored and undyed wool. The clavi and bands are decorated with a repeating pattern of abstracted, elongated figures intertwined in a vine scroll; they are framed by festoons and dangling leaves. The hemline of the tunic is edged with green fringe. A separately woven hood, also decorated with undyed bands and two roundels, is finished with green fringe along the top and red fringe along the sides.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1927; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 37.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Clothing in Byzantine Eygypt," November 9, 2009–June 12, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," March 14, 2012–July 8, 2012, no. 111.

Dauterman Maguire, Eunice, Henry P. Maguire, and Maggie J. Duncan-Flowers. Art and Holy Powers in the Early Christian House. Urbana, 1989. no. 69, p. 145.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 37, listed p.46, ill. p. 27 (color).

Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 111, p. 169, ill. (color).

Thomas, Thelma K. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York, 2016. no. 17, pp. 54-55, 58-59, 130-132, 145, ill., figs. 1-2.1, 1-2.5, 2-5.3.

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