Fragment from the chasuble of St. Valerius from the Cathedral of San Vicente de Roda de Isabena in Lerida

Spanish, Andalucia
mid 13th century


18.5 x 25 cm (7 5/16 x 9 13/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.25 x 0.185

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk and metallic thread, taquete

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragment said to come from Cathedral of Lérida. Ground: woven with blue silk. Design: two lions back to back framed by eight pointed star, repeated in rows, woven with gold thread (gilded leather) outlined with pink silk. Arabesques woven with gold thread fill spaces between. Shows part of border with calligraphic design woven with cream white and pink silk on gold ground. Very much worn. Moorish.


Probably acquired in Spain by Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1928, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $2745 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 7, 1928)

[1] Seven textiles (MFA accession nos. 28.320 - 28.326) were purchased for this amount.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund