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.)

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Medium or Technique

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

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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