Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tunic

Date:
4th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Plain weave in undyed linen; self-bands
Dimensions:
Overall: 53 9/16 × 40 15/16 in. (136 × 104 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes-Secular
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
33.10.48
Not on view
This plain tunic typifies Roman-style woven-to-shape tunics. These shirtlike garments were woven in a large cross shape, folded in half, and sewn together. Most commonly made of linen or wool, they could be long or short, with or without sleeves. Simple tunics, like the one seen here, were generally layered under more elaborate ones decorated with symmetrical ornaments.
Burial 2, Tomb CXIII, al-Bagawat, Kharga Oasis
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