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Saccos

Saccos

  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, silver-gilt and silver wrapped thread

  • Museum number:

    576-1907

  • Gallery location:

    Islamic Middle East, Room 42, The Jameel Gallery, case WW2

This vestment is a sakkos, which is worn by bishops of the Orthodox church. It was made with silk from Iran. Luxury textiles of this type were exported to eastern Europe by Armenian merchants from Isfahan. Their network of trading houses operated from the Baltic to the Bay of Bengal.

Physical description

Vestment made up of Iranian silk and metal-thread fabric with floral designs on a silver ground.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)

Date

1650-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk, silver-gilt and silver wrapped thread

Dimensions

Length: 126.2 cm, Width: 133.3 cm with arms outstretched

Object history note

Acquired from the Rev. J.W. Mylne of Westgate-on-Sea for £50.0s.Od, together with 577-1907 (£2.10s.0d). A note in the Museum register: "The Rev. J. Mylne in his letter (M.3024/7) of July 13th 1907, states that the dalmatic is probably late 17th or early 18th century. ...
This dalmatic is said to have been acquired by a dragoman from a priest living beyond the Jordan, and was presented by him to the Rev. J.W. Mylne. ..."

Descriptive line

Silk and metal-thread fabric made into a sakkos (dalmatic), Iran, 1650-1700.

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Church Vestment
Iran
1650-1700

This vestment is a sakkos, which is worn by bishops of the Orthodox church. It was made with silk from Iran. Luxury textiles of this type were exported to eastern Europe by Armenian merchants from Isfahan. Their network of trading houses operated from the Baltic to the Bay of Bengal.

Silk and metal thread in lampas weave

Museum no. 576-1907 [Jameel Gallery]

Production Note

Made up into a sakkos (the Eastern Christian equivalent of a dalmatic).

Categories

Clothing; Religion

Collection

Middle East Section

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