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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Persian-Style Riding Coat

443–637 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Plain weave in blue-green sheep’s wool and cashmere; applied borders in tablet weave of polychrome wool and undyed linen; patches of fabric in plain weave of undyed linen to reinforce armpits and hemline
47 1/4 x 99 3/16 in. (120 x 252 cm), incuding sleeves
Credit Line:
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin—Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Berlin (9695)
Not on view
In 1896 excavators at Antinoë, in Egypt, discovered a male body dressed in Persian fashion. This coat was around his shoulders. Its long sleeves, flared sides, rectangular neckline, and overlapping chest panel are characteristic of Persian riding coats. Most examples are dyed turquoise or red, possibly indicating rank or function.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.