Tunic with Mythological Motifs
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Ancient Egyptian weavers decorated linen and wool with indigo-blue dye as early as 2000 B.C.E. But the actual source of indigo color in Egypt remains uncertain.
The plant that produces true indigo dye, Indigofera tinctoria, is not known to have grown in Egypt, but was imported through trade routes by the Greco-Roman period (323 B.C.E.–395 C.E.).
The woad plant, which produced a slightly less concentrated indigo color, was likely the earliest source of blue dye in Egypt.
7th century C.E.
Late Antique Period
as mounted: 2 × 53 1/2 × 101 in. (5.1 × 135.9 × 256.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Coptic. Tunic with Mythological Motifs, 7th century C.E. Wool, as mounted: 2 × 53 1/2 × 101 in. (5.1 × 135.9 × 256.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 41.523. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 41.523_PS2.jpg)
overall, 41.523_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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