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tunic

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1972,1002.1

  • Description

    Broad and short sleeveless one piece tunic, mainly of undyed wool, now yellowed; two full-length tapestry shoulder stripes or clavi, each 9.5cms wide in purple-coloured and undyed wool. Design in clavi of undulating vine stems forming ogees enclosing dancing figures; at the sides, running animals - lions etc; wave borders. Side seams now undone-both sides finished with closing cords. Selvedges with selvedge fringes along hem. Horizontal neck opening formed by internal selvedges, corners strengthened by 3 double rows of twining. Traces of waist tuck at waist level. Extensively patched with cloth of similar quality."Coptic". Extensive patching probably modern but using cloth contemporary with the tunic.
    Materials: wool; Technique: weft faced simple tabby, tapestry, twining, closing cords, selvedge fringes; Warp: wool, undyed, tight S-spin, c. 10 ends per cm; Weft: wool, undyed and purple coloured, c. 22-30 picks per cm; Edges: two twisted closing cords ending in tassels, selvedges at hem reinforced with an extra plied thread forming loops, partly corded, selvedges at neck finished with sewn-on-plait; Sewing: original sewing of side seams and waist tucks now removed. Patches applied with double seams and waist tucks not removed. Patches applied with double seams - sewing here yet to be noted. (Details of cloth of patches also not noted).

    Sleeveless tunic; linen fragment; decorated in purple wool with vertical bands bearing an inhabited vine scroll motif. Vines form ogees enclosing dancing figures; at the sides are running animals; wave borders. Extensively patched with cloth of similar quality.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC-11thC
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 147 centimetres
    • Width: 205 centimetres (excluding fringe)
  • Curator's comments

    Piece has been extensively restored prior to acquisition.

  • Condition

    Fair

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1972

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1972,1002.1

Sleeveless tunic; linen fragment; decorated in purple wool with vertical bands bearing an inhabited vine scroll motif.

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