Coptic children’s garb

The ground fabric is likely to be linen, with embroidered foliate design in red, green and yellow surrounded by dark blue (possibly indigo?) and white embroidered bands. The neckline and sleeves are embroidered with red and white bands. The only dimensions mentioned is a height of 38 cm. Taken from Christie’s, where it was sold for £3,525 or $5,104. There is not much more information on the item, such as the thread used in the embroidery, other than it is from the 6th century.
This tunic is from the 5th or 6th century. While the ground fabric is not mentioned, it is probably linen, but this tunic had purple embroidered band on the front with cream stripes down the sides of the tunic and sleeves. The hood is embroidered with lions in roundels, the shoulders have stylised plant embroidery and the back of the tunic is embroidered with birds along the hem (unable to be seen). The dimensions are 86 x 69 cm. Taken from Christie’s where it sold for £28,200 (or $44,697). No other information is mentioned.
These salwar are of fine linen, with belt loops and open at the lower leg, to tie onto the ankle. The salwar are 84 cm high. The sandals are of leather, with the soles perforated with stitching holes. Only some of the straps are still attached and 22 cm long. Thought to have been made between the 5th-7th century. Taken from Christie’s, where it was sold for £12,500 ($25,588).
This is a polychrome wool cowl, 5th-6th century. It is 23cm high, with horizontal and vertical bands of stripes, zigzags, dots and diamond motif pattern. Taken from Christie’s.
This wool cowl is also 5th-6th century, 29.3 cm high and with a red herringbone pattern with green and red chequered borders and cords. Taken from Christie’s.
This fringed shawl is 7th-9th century, made from linen embroidered with wool. The wool is in repeating patterns of small buds and flowers in red, green and yellow with stylised leaves or roundels in the lozenge-shaped spaces. It is 112 x 94 cm. Taken from Christie’s where it sold for £4,935 ($8,390).

2 comments on “Coptic children’s garb

  1. Harry Johnson says:

    Coptic tunics usually had the decoration woven into the ground fabric, not embroidered.

    • You are quite right!
      However, there are a small number of embroidered Coptic tunics. I particularly find the embroidered tunic of the Kharga Oasis (Dush) to be very striking. It has Nikes on it!

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