Textile (including sleeves): H. 79 1/8 in. (201 cm)
W. 46 7/8 in. (119.1 cm)
Gift of Maurice Nahman, 1912
Not on view
Tunics decorated with red background motifs were popular at the end of the Byzantine era in Egypt and during the first centuries of Islamic rule. The bright colors, bold schematic figures, and contrasting vegetal tracery of the ornamental insets give this fine woolen tunic a strong visual appeal. The designs are derived from classical motifs. Separately woven geometrically patterned woolen bands are attached to the hem and cuffs.
The bright colors, bold schematic figures, and contrasting vegetal tracery of the ornamental insets give this fine woolen tunic a strong visual appeal. Discoloration at the hem and cuffs shows where separately woven geometrically patterned woolen tapes were once attached (see page 46 in this volume).
Maurice Nahman, Cairo (until 1912; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 43.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," March 14, 2012–July 8, 2012, no. 112.
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 43, pp. 28, 46, 47, ill. p. 28 (color), p. 46 (b/w).
Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 112, pp. 169-170, ill. p. 170 (color).