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Textile fragment

Textile fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Byzantine (Possibly, made)
    Egypt (Posssibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. AD600-900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    woven silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Robert Taylor

  • Museum number:

    2098-1900

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Textile of weft-faced, compound weave, samite. Egyptian or Byzantine, ca. AD600-900. The dark purple repeating pattern is on a light purple background. The pattern is of interlaced zig-zags that create diamonds across the fabric. Within each diamond is a motif of a small club/trefoil (6mm wide).

Samite (twill woven silk) was thought to originate from Persia under Sassanian rule (AD224-651). It was commonly decorated with pairs of animals and birds and set in pearled lotus roundels. It is often found in Western burials, within church possessions and along the Silk Road. Byzantine weaving workshops took on the samite technique to make it an essential weave of the period. It was a luxury textile of the Middle Ages brought to Europe when the Crusades opened up direct contact with the East. It was forbidden to the middle classes of France under the sumptuary rules c. 1470.

Physical description

Textile of weft-faced, compound weave, samite. The dark purple repeating pattern is on a light purple background. The pattern is of interlaced zig-zags that create diamonds across the fabric. Within each diamond is a motif of a small club/trefoil (6mm wide).

Place of Origin

Byzantine (Possibly, made)
Egypt (Posssibly, made)

Date

ca. AD600-900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

woven silk

Dimensions

Height: 133 mm, Width: 163 mm

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1900 by Robert Taylor.

Descriptive line

Woven samite. Egyptian or Byzantine, ca. AD600-900. Geometric motifs.

Labels and date

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Materials

Silk

Techniques

Weaving; Dyeing

Categories

Textiles; Archaeology; Africa; Death

Collection

Middle East Section

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