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tunic

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1955,0206.1

  • Description

    [1a] Front or back of an originally sleeved tunic. Main textile a) undyed linen, undecorated apart from groups of self stripes. Seam at waist. Cut-out oval neck line. Applied tapestry decoration of two types: clavi or shoulder stripes b), and c) broad hem border. "Coptic". Complete width of body would be c.92cm. Tucks at sides of waist seam (again run and fell) adjust hem length.
    Materials: linen; Techniques: simple tabby, self-stripes in weft; Warp: linen, S-spin, 11-12 ends per cm; Weft: linen, S-spin, c.16 picks per cm; Edges: two selvedges in waist seam, selvedge at hem, other edges fragmentary; Sewing: in S-spin, Z-ply linen thread; waist seam - 'run and fell' (back stitch then overcasting); hem-overcast; side seam - run and fell; decoration - cut edges turned under, overcast to a).

    [1b] Two broad full-length clavi or shoulder stripes with multicoloured tapestry decoration. Main design, standing human figures in oblong red panels (c.15 x 5.5 cms) flanked on the left by plants and on the right by debased letters. The figures, having brightly-coloured decorated clothing, hair of various shades, hold a sceptre in raised left hand, and probably represent warrior saints. Elongated and stylised, with much outlining. Inner border of petals or leaves; outer border stepped. No soumak outlining. Clavi extend under hem border almost to hem itself.
    Materials: linen, wool; Techniques: tapestry on plied warp threads; Warp: linen, S-spin, Z- ply, c. 7-8 ends per cm; Weft: wool and linen, S-spin, c. 35 picks per cm; Edges: hidden (cut) or fragmentary.

    [1c] Deep band of tapestry applied to hem of tunic with two smaller pieces returning up side seam. Large-scale lozenge or trellis design (lozenges 15x18cm). Red ground; multicoloured triple bars, with rosettes at junctions, enclose a slightly varying stylised plant motif in a predominantly green and greeny-yellow. Note, lozenge design at comparatively late date.
    Materials: linen, wool; Techniques: tapestry on plied warp threads; Warp: linen, S-spin, Z- ply, c. 9 ends per cm; Weft: wool and linen, S-spin, c. 35 per cm; Edges: edges parallel to warp are mainly selvedges, other edges cut.

    Tunic; textile fragment; decorated with tapestry panels running down the length of the garment; figures of saints in purple, blue, green and yellow against a red ground; another, red, decorative panel has been stitched across the lower end of the garment and has floral motifs in a diaper pattern.

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 91 centimetres ([1a])
    • Width: 130 centimetres ([1a])
    • Length: 129.5 centimetres
    • Width: 96.5 centimetres
  • Condition

    [1a] Medium - good in places. [1b] Medium - wool in many places disappeared; where it survives, colour good. [1c] Medium - Wool has mostly disappeared.

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  • Acquisition date

    1955

  • Acquisition notes

    Collection purchased at sale on 6th Dec 1954, lots 154, 155 and 156.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1955,0206.1

Tunic; textile fragment; decorated with tapestry panels running down the length of the garment; figures of saints in purple, blue, green and yellow against a red ground; another, red, decorative panel has been stitched across the lower end of the garment and has floral motifs in a diaper pattern.

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