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Persian-Style Riding Coat

Date:
443–637 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Medium:
Plain weave in blue-green sheep’s wool and cashmere; applied borders in tablet weave of polychrome wool and undyed linen; patches of fabric in plain weave of undyed linen to reinforce armpits and hemline
Dimensions:
47 1/4 x 99 3/16 in. (120 x 252 cm), incuding sleeves
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin—Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin (9695)
  • Description

    In 1896 excavators at Antinoë, in Egypt, discovered a male body dressed in Persian fashion. This coat was around his shoulders. Its long sleeves, flared sides, rectangular neckline, and overlapping chest panel are characteristic of Persian riding coats. Most examples are dyed turquoise or red, possibly indicating rank or function.

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