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Fragment of child's tunic

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–6th century A.D.


Height x width: 69 x 50 cm (27 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry with eccentric weft

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



All linen with tapestry squares and bands sewed on; warp of linen, ground of linen, design of plum-colored wool. The sewed tapestry segments consist of two shoulder bands (clavi), two square panels, one on each sleeve and four smaller square panels, two on the front and two on the back and two bands, attached to the neck opening. There are also two separate bands, unsewed, but probably sleeve bands which belonged to the same tunic, as they show motifs similar to those on the shoulder bands.
The design on the two shoulder bands consists of a branch with pine cone motifs on both sides and two birds each inside an oval unit in each shoulder band. The design of the shoulder panels shows a human figure, probably a hunter, with an animal, both inside a central roundel framed by an inner and an outer square which is filled with vine brances and leaves. The design of smaller square panels on one side shows a panther in one and a hare in the other. The design on the other side shows a lion in one panel and a hare in the other. Each of these animals are inside a circle framed by a square. The design on the bands on the neck opening is similar to that on the shoulder bands.
Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund