Neck and Shoulder Decoration from a Tunic

Neck and Shoulder Decoration from a Tunic

late 400s - 500s

Plain weave with slit-tapestry weave and supplementary weft wrapping; dyed wool, undyed linen

Overall: 14.3 x 35.6 cm (5 5/8 x 14 in.)

Gift of George D. Pratt 1926.148

Description

This fine tunic fragment with a straight neck opening and one surviving shoulder square may have protected the wearer from danger, as suggested by interlacing knots. These delicate knots decorate the small deep purple discs which alternate with human busts in roundels.

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