Weft-faced plain weave with slit-and dovetailed-tapestry weave, supplementary weft wrapping, embroidery; undyed linen, dyed wool
Overall: 205 x 170.2 cm (80 11/16 x 67 in.)
The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1972.46
Since the mid-AD 200s tunics were the main garments worn in Egypt. This unisex tunic is decorated on the front and back with the same geometric and figural motifs, including men on horseback hunting and geometric braided knots that were believed to protect the wearer from harm. A red background was favored in the early Islamic period. Made of thick wool for cooler weather, it was woven in one complete piece with the front, back, and sleeves in this exact shape and size. The tunic’s owner repaired it on the left side and shortened it nearly two inches by sewing a fold around the waist. The discoloration and deterioration indicate the garment may have been used in a burial.
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