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Fragment of a tunic

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th-7th century A.D.


Height x width: 45 x 72 cm (17 11/16 x 28 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Ground of dark brown wool, with two shoulder bands and a neck band with grounds of deep violet brown wool and designs of natural-colored linen, the right shoulder band shows two roundels, which respectively enclose a figure standing next to a panther (hunter ) and a centaur; the remaining part of this band is torn; the design in the left band shows three roundels which respectively enclose two animals (a hare and a panther), a figure standing next to a panther (hunter ) and a standing figure holding a shield (?); most of the reamining part of the left band is torn; a hare and a panther are between the roundels in both shoulder bands; the design in the neck bamd consists of four roundels of which two enclose equestrian figures, a hare and a panther is in one and a male figure standing next to an animal in the other. A frame of connected lozenges and ovals framed by a dentated border of red wool is at the top of the neck band and four medallions each enclosing floral motifs border its lower part; from which extend three dancing figures Fragment of a tunic front. Design shows Roman influence.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection