Tunic with Dionysian Ornament

Object Name: Tunic

Date: probably 5th century

Geography: Said to be from Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)

Medium: Linen, wool; plain weave, tapestry weave

Dimensions: Tunic: L. 72 1/16 in. (183 cm)
W. 53 1/8 in. (135 cm)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926

Accession Number: 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.