Fragment of ornamental band from cope of San Valerius

Spanish
13th century


Dimensions

5.5 x 10.3 cm (2 3/16 x 4 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

26.293

Medium or Technique

Silk and gold metallic thread; compound weave

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Cope of “San Valero” (of which 26.292 is fragment) from Cathedral of Lérida. Design (very fragmentary) consists of eagle woven with gold thread, legs and outline of orange silk on white silk ground with narrow stripes of blue, white and orange silk and gold thread above and below. Close heavy hempen warp resembles that of Regensburg brocades as does gold thread, gilded skin wound on linen and technique of silk weaving.

Provenance

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)

NOTES:
[1] Seven textiles were acquired from Loewi for this amount (MFA accession nos. 26.290-26.296).

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund