Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Tunic, 5th century
    Probably from Panopolis (Ahkmim), Egypt
    Undyed linen and purple wool, design in tapestry weave; L. 72 1/16 in. (183 cm), W. 53 1/8 in. (135 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926 (26.9.8)

    A longer, wider version of the tunic was the ubiquitous garment of the Late Antique period. This tunic is one of four in the Museum's collection said to be from Akhmim, an ancient weaving center and apparently a center of both pagan and Christian thought and religion. The burgeoning ornament of this tunic expresses Dionysian themes, culminating with an image of the god himself on the shoulder squares.

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  • Tunic, 5th century
    Probably from Panopolis (Ahkmim), Egypt
    Undyed linen and purple wool, design in tapestry weave; L. 72 1/16 in. (183 cm), W. 53 1/8 in. (135 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926 (26.9.8)


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