Exhibitions/ Art Object

Receipt for Garments

5th-6th century
Made in Egypt
Black ink on papyrus
6 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (16.8 x 12 cm)
Credit Line:
Papyrus Collection, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (P.Mich.inv. 1050)
Not on view
Ostraka (pottery or stone fragments with writing) and papyri aid in understanding aspects of textile production in Egypt. This receipt written by Zenon is for garments, embroidered panels, linen clothes, and silver spoons to be delivered by Marytrios to Theodosios. References to Antioch may suggest luxury goods or fabrics from the city, which was famous for its textiles.
Inscription: In Greek, recto: List of clothes which are in the rest-house (praetorium) [or press-house (pressorium)?], through brother Martyrios, from me, Zenon: A linen variegated tunic, 1, one; cloaks made in the Antiochian style, 5, in total, five; similarly, an Antioch hood, 1, in total, one; combed linen variegated tunic, 1, in total, one; wrapping clothes, 3, three; a shirt and a cloak; a light-green upper garment, 1, one; embroidered panels, 4, in total, four; a fine linen cloth, 1 in total, one; silver spoons, 10, in total, ten. Give these effects to brother Theodosios, taking from him on account of what he owes to me for - - -; verso: A receipt of Zenon - - -.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.