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Woven silk

Woven silk

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    late 13th century-early 14th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded lampas, woven in silk and silver-gilt thread

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk is a complex lampas weave in which the pattern (in this case, parrots in roundels) is formed by weft threads that are supplementary to the main warps and wefts forming the ground, and are bound by a supplementary warp. It was probably woven in Lucca, Italy, which was an important early centre of Italian silk weaving.

Physical description

Confronting parrots in roundels are seen.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


late 13th century-early 14th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brocaded lampas, woven in silk and silver-gilt thread

Descriptive line

brocaded, 100-1199, Byzantine

Subjects depicted

Parrot (bird)




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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