Islamic Spain, Almeria, Almohad or Nasrid period, 13th century / Fragment from an Imperial Garment / mid 1200sIslamic Spain, Almeria, Almohad or Nasrid period, 13th century
Fragment from an Imperial Garment
mid 1200s

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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: Islamic Spain, Almeria, Almohad or Nasrid period, 13th century
Title: Fragment from an Imperial Garment
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1225
Creation End Date: 1275
Creation Date: mid 1200s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: tapestry weave; silk and gold thread
Dimensions: Overall: 6.1cm x 26.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1928.650
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: said to have come from Lérida vestments. (Adolph Loewi, Venice).

Rarely do medieval silks convey their original luxurious quality with such brilliant gold thread. This fragment is said to have been among relics of Saint Valerio from Lérida Cathedral (in northeast Spain, near Barcelona). An elegant geometric tracery in crimson silk decorates the gold-thread ground, bordered above by four interlacing strands in ivory silk and below by two rows of "figure 8's" woven with gold thread and black silk outlines.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1928.650
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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