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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.15.A
Title
Fragment of Tunic
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
9th-10th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288750
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool, tapestry woven
Technique
Tapestry
Dimensions
actual: 32.5 x 24 cm (12 13/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.15.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This is either the front or back side of the upper portion of a tunic. Neck slit would be at top of the design where there is a selvedge visible. The buff and red area decorates the upper chest and shows the beginning of two shoulder bands (clavi) before being cut off. Purple dyed fabric visible on left and right edges as well as between the two clavi. Interlace design at top with some flying shuttle. Lower left medallion contains a tree. Upper two medallions possibly contain musicians. Between these medallions is the same repeated design (men in chariots?). Two riders on prancing horses proceed below the columned arcade. Where the purple areas meet the buff and red figured area, the remains of a raised decorative edging are visible that alternates red, buff, and green yarns.

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