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Fragment of a tunic

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


45 x 45.5 cm (17 11/16 x 17 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .455 x .45

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


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



Fragment of a linen tunic into which are woven a shoulder band and a roundel of a red woolen ground. Design in the roundel shows two figures in the center surrounded by floating putti and figures carrying plates with fruits or flowers (?).. The shoulder band shows a putto, an animal and part of a jar. A similar band is sewn to the neck of the tunic.The figures in the remaining parts of the bands are torn; the design is woven with natural-color linen, green, yellow, red and brown wool. 96.559 was sewn to this piece by the dealer.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection