Textile Fragment

Sicilian or Spanish
13th century


17.5 x 36.5 cm (6 7/8 x 14 3/8 in.); Legacy dimension: .365 x .175

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk lampas with supplemenary discontinuous metallic patterning wefts

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woven with dull pink silk and gilded gold beater’s skin. The design of pairs of gazelles and parrots affronted and large cone-like forms, is brought out by the contrast of weaves. The heads and claws and circles on the wings of the parrots are of gold, as are also the heads and hoofs of the gazelles, and a few leaves. Pieced.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection