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Doll's Tunic

Object Name:
6th–8th century
Attributed to Egypt
Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave
Overall: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm) W. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
Not on view
Tunics were the standard dress of the Mediterranean world. They were embellished, usually with woven, ornamented medallions and bands (clavi). This colorful miniature tunic was made for a doll.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Late Antique Taste and Clasical Themes," November 1, 2008–November 1, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classical Imagery in the Early Byzantine Period," November 18, 2008–January 18, 2009.

Thomas, Thelma K. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York, 2016. no. 18, pp. 132-133, 154, ill. fig. 2-5.4.

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