Egypt, Byzantine period, 5th century / Tunic Decoration Depicting Hercules / 400sEgypt, Byzantine period, 5th century
Tunic Decoration Depicting Hercules

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Byzantine period, 5th century
Title: Tunic Decoration Depicting Hercules
Title Type: Primary
View: Back
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 400s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: plain weave with slit-tapestry weave and supplementary weft wrapping; dyed wool, undyed linen
Dimensions: Overall: 16.5cm x 16.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1982.80
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Provenance: Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris.
Style or Period: Egypt, Byzantine period, 5th century

In this mythological scene, Hercules carries a club, and a lion skin appears slung over his shoulder, serving as impenetrable armor. His companion, Iolaus, carries his bow and quiver. The small figure is unidentified (see photo).

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Microscopic Detail of the Head of the Smallest Figure, Tunic Decoration Depicting Hercules (1982.80)

The facial features and curly hair were woven with extra wefts of undyed linen thread that were wrapped around areas of the deep purple wool tapestry weave, often called supplementary weft wrapping.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1982.80
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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