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Tunic with Dionysian Ornament

Object Name:
Tunic
Date:
probably 5th century
Geography:
Said to be from Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Undyed linen with tapestry woven wool decorations
Dimensions:
68.75 in. high 53.00 in. wide (174.6 cm high 135 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926
Accession Number:
26.9.9
Not on view
Tunics were typically made of undyed linen with decorative patterns worked in colored wool threads. The medallions and ornamented bands, called clavi, were decorated with images from nature, the classical world, or Christian themes. Here Dionysos, the Greek god of wine, is depicted in the underwater realm of fishtailed Nereus and his daughters.
[ Nicolas Tano, Cairo, sold to Harkness]; Edward S. Harkness, New York (until 1926; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 32.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," November 1, 2000–December 1, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," December 6, 2005–September 24, 2008.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 32, listed p.46, ill. p. 44 (b/w).



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