Ornamental Shoulder Bands from a Tunic

Ornamental Shoulder Bands from a Tunic

500s

Part of a set. See all set records

Tapestry weave with supplementary weft wrapping; undyed linen and dyed wool

Average: 7 x 43.5 cm (2 3/4 x 17 1/8 in.)

Gift of George D. Pratt 1926.145.a

Description

The orientation of the figures indicates that these were vertical bands on a tunic descending from the shoulders. Human figures under arches alternate with dogs, rabbits, and a lion. The right band displays a nude female dancer playing finger cymbals at the top and bottom, and in the center, a hunter dressed in a short garment (chiton) draped over one shoulder carries a shield in his right hand and a rock in his raised hand.

The left band displays, from top to bottom, a nude male carrying a leafy branch; a shepherd carrying a shepherd’s crook and dressed in a skirt of animal skin; and a nude female dancer with a scarf loosely draped behind her.

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