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Textile fragment

Textile fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Syria (Possibly, made)
    Byzantine (Possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. AD700-1000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Robert Taylor, Esq.

  • Museum number:

    2128-1900

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A fragment of damask in bold purple and black. Possibly Syrian or Byzantine, ca. AD700-1000. Z-spun with brown warps. The design includes floral and geometric forms. The remaining form is like a large raspberry or flower bud hanging down. The fabric is badly damaged and the rest of the design is not obvious although there are some geometric lines around the bud that contain fleur-de-lis. The piece may have been hemmed around the edges or has been sewn to something else in the past.

A damask is a reversible fabric of silk (also wool, linen or cotton) with a pattern formed from one warp and one weft. The pattern is in a warp-faced, satin weave with the background in weft-faced, sateen weave. Often with large floral designs. Damask was produced in ancient China but took it’s name from Damascus, Syria, where it was produced for European export in the 12th century.

Physical description

A fragment of damask in bold purple and black. Z-spun with brown warps. The design includes floral and geometric forms. The remaining form is like a large raspberry or flower bud hanging down. The fabric is badly damaged and the rest of the design is not obvious although there are some geometric lines around the bud that contain fleur-de-lis. The piece may have been hemmed around the edges or has been sewn to something else in the past.

Place of Origin

Syria (Possibly, made)
Byzantine (Possibly, made)

Date

ca. AD700-1000 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk

Dimensions

Height: 248 mm, Width: 252 mm

Object history note

Given to the Museum in 1900 by Robert Taylor.

Descriptive line

A fragment of damask. Possibly Syrian or Byzantine, ca, AD700- 1000. Purple and black, large floral design.

Labels and date

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Materials

Silk

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles; Archaeology; Africa

Collection

Middle East Section

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