Tunic with Dionysian Ornament

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302

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.

Tunic with Dionysian Ornament, Undyed linen with tapestry woven wool decorations

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