Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Neck and Shoulder Decoration from a Tunic

Neck and Shoulder Decoration from a Tunic

late 400s - 500s

Plain weave with slit-tapestry weave and supplementary weft wrapping; dyed wool, undyed linen

Overall: 14.3 x 35.6 cm (5 5/8 x 14 in.); Mounted: 22.9 x 43.2 cm (9 x 17 in.)

Gift of George D. Pratt 1926.148



This tunic fragment with a straight neck opening in the center and one surviving shoulder square may have symbolically protected the wearer from danger. This is suggested by interlacing knots. These delicate decorations in small deep purple discs alternate with human busts in roundels.

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