Tunic Fragment With Clavus Bands (Egypt), 5th–6th century
This is a Tunic fragment with clavus bands. It is dated 5th–6th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is warp: s-spun, z-twisted 2-ply linen; wefts: s-spun linen, s-spun wool and its technique is plain weave with discontinuous wefts (slit tapestry), with supplementary weft wrapping. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.
Egyptians in the Byzantine period often decorated their plain linen garments with colorful woven wool ornaments. Most common among these were orbiculi (roundels on the shoulders and abdomen), segmenta (ornamental squares in the same places) and clavi (vertical bands running from the inner shoulder past the breasts). These clavi terminate in pendant ovals, and are filled with a design of stylized plant forms, fish and animals, including lions, a perpetual symbol of power and authority.
This object was
John Pierpont Morgan.
It is credited
Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 74.9 x 29.2 cm (29 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Tunic Fragment With Clavus Bands (Egypt), 5th–6th century; warp: s-spun, z-twisted 2-ply linen; wefts: s-spun linen, s-spun wool; H x W: 74.9 x 29.2 cm (29 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-21