5th century Coptic tunic

This tunic is thought to have been made in the 5th century, in Egypt. The tunic is made of linen (in plain weave), with wool woven in tapestry woven designs. Neckline detail The tunic is 183 cm high by 135 cm wide. Shoulder detail. Possibly dancers? The tunic is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more details on Coptic tunics, see previous post Coptic embroidery and garb.

2 comments on “5th century Coptic tunic

  1. I love the woven designs in Coptic textiles. You and your readers may be interested in a catalogue of an exhibit at CUNY Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum in spring 2012 on its Near Eastern textiles, ceramics and metalwork. It’s been published online here:
    http://qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach/godternb_exhibitions/InterwovenWorlds.pdf . The collection, though small, has some Coptic, Ottoman and modern Central Asian samples you may find interesting.

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