Fragment of a Tunic

Fragment of a Tunic


Tabby weave with inwoven tapestry ornament: linen

Overall: 82.2 x 60 cm (32 3/8 x 23 5/8 in.); Mounted: 90.2 x 67.9 cm (35 1/2 x 26 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.147



The quality of this finely woven decoration outweighs its fragmentary condition. The central horizontal neck opening, reinforced with a cord, is flanked by panels displaying warriors, hunters, dancers, lions, and rabbits. Some are standing upright, when viewed from the front and back of the tunic, and others appear to be “lying down.” In the shoulder square on the right, four kneeling hunters holding round shields are dressed in Roman-Byzantine military costume, which consists of a leather skirt, cloak over the shoulder, and high laced boots.

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