Silk fragment

Byzantine
Byzantine
11th–12th century


Dimensions

Height x width: 23 x 19 cm (9 1/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

41.50

Medium or Technique

Silk; Compound woven silk, and metallic gold thread

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Ground of red silk; the design consists of part of a roundel which shows the leg of an animal; probably a gryphon; a border enclosing discs frames the roundel; which is surrounded by floral motifs and rosettes framed by a circular border similar to that of the roundel; the design is woven with dark brown silk and metallic gold threads.

Provenance

By 1939, Adolph Loewi, Venice and Beverly Hills, CA [see note 1]; 1941, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $266. (Accession Date: February 13, 1941)

NOTES:
[1] Dr. Emil Pollak had a 40% share in the textile.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund