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Fragment - Lion Hunters

Lion Hunters

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Byzantine Empire (made)

  • Date:

    500-799 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Textile fragment of woven silk. 1/2 twill with inner warp. The warp proportion is 1:1. Multi-coloured silk including blue, white, red, beige and brown.

The design consists of one and a half large medallions. Within each large medallion are two confronted horsemen. Each one holds a spear, and with a downward thrust kills a lion beneath the horse. The horseman are in mirror image to each other. The scene is enclosed by a medallion whose inner and outer edges are multicoloured and whose main design consists of stylised heart-shaped flowers. There is also the left portion of a second large medallion. The two large medallions are connected by a smaller roundel whose design, multicoloured edges and heart-shaped stylised flowers repeats that of the larger medallion. These smaller roundels occur at the four cardinal points on the larger: centre, top, bottom, right and left. The diamond shaped ground created by the inter-connected medallions appear to have a design of stylised flowers and foliage, but its exact pattern is not legible.

Place of Origin

Byzantine Empire (made)


500-799 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk


Length: 9.25 in warp, Length: 23.5 cm warp, Length: 16.25 in weft, Length: 41 cm weft

Descriptive line

Textile fragment 'Lion Hunters' of woven silk, Byzantine Empire, 500-799




Middle East Section

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