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Tunic with Dionysian Ornament

Object Name:
Tunic
Date:
probably 5th century
Geography:
Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Linen, wool; plain weave, tapestry weave
Dimensions:
Tunic: L. 72 1/16 in. (183 cm) W. 53 1/8 in. (135 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926
Accession Number:
26.9.8
Not on view
A longer, wider version of the tunic was the ubiquitous garment of the Late Antique period. This tunic is one of four in the Museum's collection said to be from Akhmim, an ancient weaving center and apparently a center of both pagan and Christian thought and religion. The burgeoning ornament of this tunic expresses Dionysian themes, culminating with an image of the god himself on the shoulder squares.
[ Nicolas Tano, Cairo; sold to Harkness]; Edward S. Harkness, New York (until 1926; gifted to MMA)
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 31, listed p.46, ill. p. 13 (b/w), p. 26 (color).

Evans, Helen C. "The Arts of Byzantium." Metropolitan Museum of Arts Bulletin (2001). pp. 26-27, ill. p. 27 (color).

Thomas, Thelma K. Designing Identity: The Power of Textiles in Late Antiquity. New York, 2016. no. 8, pp. 46-47, 130-131, 145, ill., figs. 1-1.32, pl. 2-5.2.



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