Jan 20, 2010

Lower Section of a Tunic

Lower Section of a Tunic

400s CE

Undyed linen and dyed wool: tapestry weave with supplementary weft wrapping

Overall: 54.9 x 106.7 cm (21 5/8 x 42 in.); Mounted: 67.3 x 118.1 cm (26 1/2 x 46 1/2 in.)

Gift of William E. Ward in memory of his wife, Evelyn Svec Ward 1993.177

Did you know?

Long wide tunics were the most common garments of this time period.


This is the bottom section of a well-woven wool unisex tunic. Various stylized roundels with animals and baskets decorate the hem that extends into round finials with birds. The interior two square panels complete the design. Extra wefts, or horizontal threads, enrich the animals and the deep blue ground, probably a failed purple dye. While the robe itself is created from linen, the fringes at the bottom are made from wool.

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