Fragment of a garment of aljuba of Don Felipes in Villaleazar de Sirga

Spanish Malaga
13th century


Height x width: 33 x 26.5 cm (13 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Taqueté of silk and metallic thread (gilded animal membrane wrapped on a silk core)

Out on Loan

Out On Loan


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



From tomb of Don Felipe (d. 1274) son of San Fernando (Removed 1848). Interlacing square and rectangle design encloses 8-lobed circles and 8-pointed stars, woven with blue and light neutral yellow silk and gold thread (gilded skin wound on yellow silk). Narrow silk striped of red, yellow white, and blue; band woven with gold thread and little green silk divides main design from border of Kufic lettering; red silk outlines light neutral silk on gold ground. Gold thread worn and darkened; piece worn and torn.


Probably acquired in Spain by Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1926, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $2070.43 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 2, 1926)

[1] Seven textiles were acquired from Loewi for this amount (MFA accession nos. 26.290-26.296).

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund