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Tunic
5th century CE-7th century CE

Medium
wool, linen
Measurements
117.5 cm (centre back) 146.5 cm (width)
Place/s of Execution
Egypt
Accession Number
1296-D5
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1964
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Tunic featuring two vertical bands of figures and animals interlocked with a vine in between borders. The tunic is woven out of saffron coloured wool, the pattern incorporated in purple, with two red cords applied over the shoulder in chain stitch either side of the slot for the head, also embroidered with red wool in a type of chain stitch producing a cord like finish. Essentially a large rectangular piece of woven cloth, positioned vertically, half way along the cloth's length is the slot for the head - on the body the shoulders would naturally divide the drop of the cloth over the front and back body.