Exhibitions/ Art Object

Tunic with Mythological Motifs

Date:
5th-7th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Tapestry weave in polychrome wool on plain-weave ground of yellowish wool; fringe in yellowish, purple-coloured, and nearly black wool along lower edges
Dimensions:
51 15/16 x 104 5/16 in. (131.9 x 265 cm), including sleeves
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum, New York, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund (41.523)
Not on view
This woven-to-shape tunic constructed of heavy woolen fabric was likely an outer garment for a man of considerable means. The decoration—a combination of humans, animals, and mythological creatures in alternating squares and roundels—relies on a contrast between light and dark, a standard design element in late antique tunics.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.