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A Late-Antique Tunic Fragment in St. Louis

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This chapter talks about late-antique tunic fragment in St. Louis Art Museum. The fragment consists in the remains of a tunic front and back. The construction of the fabric involves two distinct weave structures. The ground, or non-decorative, sectors are woven with natural (unbleached) linen yarns using a warp-faced plain weave. Opposite the neck slit, the linen ground was cut away to make room for shoulder segments, or inserts (epaulettes), that were pieced into the fabric. The epaulettes consist in rectangular frames, each enclosing four roundels (tending toward ovals). The iconographic hallmarks of the war dancer are three: the baldric, the shield, and the legs crossed in a scissors pattern. According to Greek tradition, the war dance had roots in the Archaic and Classical periods.

Keywords: epaulettes; Greek tradition; late-antique tunic fragment; St. Louis Art Museum



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