Guilloche band, from a dalmatic of San Valero

Guilloche band, from a dalmatic of San Valero

1200s

Tapestry weave: silk and gold thread

Overall: 6.1 x 26.1 cm (2 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1928.650

Description

Rarely do medieval silks convey their original luxurious quality with such brilliant gold thread. This fragment is said to have been among relics of Saint Valerio from Lérida Cathedral (in northeast Spain, near Barcelona). An elegant geometric tracery in crimson silk decorates the gold-thread ground, bordered above by four interlacing strands in ivory silk and below by two rows of "figure 8s" woven with gold thread and black silk outlines.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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