Feb 9, 2005

Roundel from a Tunic with Palmette Tree

Roundel from a Tunic with Palmette Tree

700s–800s

Silk; complementary weft-faced twill weave with inner warps (samite)

Overall: 18.1 x 18.4 cm (7 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.); Mounted: 27.9 x 26.7 cm (11 x 10 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1982.296

Location

Exhibition

Coptic Textile Rotation Gallery 106

Did you know?

Originally designed in Byzantine Egypt or possibly Syria, patterns like this were woven throughout a period of two to four centuries.

Description

Four or six squares of this luxurious two-color silk were originally sewn on a linen tunic, two positioned above the hemline in the front and two in the back, and possibly two more at the shoulder. The folded edges are still visible, including a silk sewing thread on the right side. The brittle condition is evident in the numerous crisp breaks.

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