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  • Tunic with Panels of Dionysian Figures, 400–500
    Byzantine; Said to be from Panopolis (now Akhmim), Egypt
    Linen, undyed, with wool panels in tapestry weave

    68 3/4 x 53 in. (174.6 x 134.6 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926 (26.9.9)

    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.

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    Tunic with Panels of Dionysian Figures, 400–500
    Byzantine; Said to be from Panopolis (now Akhmim), Egypt
    Linen, undyed, with wool panels in tapestry weave

    68 3/4 x 53 in. (174.6 x 134.6 cm)
    Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926 (26.9.9)


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