Name of Object:
Date of Object:
Hegira 3rd–4th centuries / AD 9th–10th centuries
Museum Inventory Number:
A 6 bis
Material(s) / Technique(s):
Linen embroidered in wool.
Length 70 cm, width 50 cm to 70 cm; 120 cm (with sleeves)
Period / Dynasty:
This tunic is dyed black. It has a rounded collar and half-length sleeves. The garment opens at the back and can only be donned by first putting the hand into the sleeves. It was probably made for a child and is similar in design to contemporary Coptic clothing. The embroidery occurs where the sleeves join the body and is different on each side.
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The shape of this linen tunic, dyed black and undoubtedly intended for a child, is reminiscent of Coptic clothes. Each sleeve is decorated around the shoulders slightly differently from the other with plant and floral elements mixed with stylised zoomorphic motifs.
How date and origin were established:
Tunics dating from the High Muslim era are rare, and this limits our dating criteria. However, based on the decoration and the type of script, we can date this object fairly accurately from the 3rd–4th / 9th–10th centuries.
How Object was obtained:
This garment was bought from an antique dealership in Cairo in 1958 by H. H. Abdelwahab, former Director of the National Institute of Art and Archaeology. He donated it to the Bardo Museum in 1962.
How provenance was established:
Skik, K., Musée du Bardo, département musulman, Tunis, 1974, p.16, fig. 6.
Citation of this web page:
Mourad Rammah "Tunic" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;tn;Mus01_A;47;en