Length of velvet

15th century

Object Place: possibly Venice, Italy


236 x 60.5 cm (92 15/16 x 23 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk velvet brocade with silk and gold-colored metallic thread, silk and gold-colored metallic woven looped fringe, and silk woven fringe

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Panel, made of four pieces sewn together. Design in two heights of violet velvet and plain and looped gold thread. Two repeats of a symmetrical pattern shwing a large ogival medallion containing a pineapple-like motif made of and surrounded by acanthus leaves. Smaller leaf-patterned medallions of varying sizes and shapes fill the interspaces. Narrow bands of gold and silver gimp near the ends. Violet fringe and gold knotted fringe at each end. Some repairs along central axis. Selvedges.

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund