Fragment of a border

Greek Islands
17th century

Object Place: Greece, possibly Pholegandros, Cyclades


73 cm (28 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: .73 long (large Pieces .51) x .167

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: fine light neutral colored linen. Design: worked in many colored silks, horizontal band bordered by geometric pinks worked in crimson green, blue and cream silk through the center of the band is a row of hexagonal compartments connected by straight lines and squares enclosing stars, worked in satin stitch with crimson silk. Conventionalized angular trees, grow up and down from hexagonal and square compartments. Pairs of angular conventionalized birds perch on alternate trees. Jars with conventionalized plants in the spaces between. Colors: crimson, blue, neutral blue, greenish blue, green, neutral yellow, brown, cream, and a little dark violet. Stitches: darn, satin, cross, plait, and chain. Pieced.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund