Sleeve from a Tunic

Sleeve from a Tunic


Part of a set. See all set records

Wool; plain weave with slit-tapestry weave

Overall: 31.7 x 34.2 cm (12 1/2 x 13 7/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1982.107.c


Classical figures and winged animals continued to be popular during the early Islamic period. The nude male may depict Dionysus (Greek god of wine) holding his thyrsos staff, ornamented with ivy leaves and pine cones, and pouring liquid from a small jug for the panther. The colorful and detailed winter-weight woolen tunic fragments would have decorated a tunic as seen in the square displayed nearby showing two figures within a jeweled border (1979.58).

Photo of:
Detail of the Panther's Head, Right Decorative Band from the Front or Back of a Tunic (1982.107.b)

The facial features were achieved in tapestry weave by interlacing colored horizontal wefts only where they were needed in the panther's head.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email