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Neck ornament

Early Byzantine (?)
7th–9th century A.D. (?)

Object Place: Mediterranean


26 x 84 cm (10 1/4 x 33 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wool; woven

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Said to have been found in Sicily. Neck ornament. Narrow band of tabby-woven red wool, overshot with undyed linen and brocaded with green, yellow and black wools. Pattern shows zig-zag shaded bar punctuated by shaded squares at each point; interspaces contain conventionalized plants formed of lozenges; narrow chevion borders. Cut and folded to form oval neck section with bars extending from each end (one complete, one partial). Heavy blue yarn embroidered around edges. Satins, holes; worn.


By 1939, Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1939, transferred from Loewi to Alessandro Morandotti, Rome [see note 1]; acquired back from Morandotti by Adolph (Adolfo) Loewi, Los Angeles; 1948, sold by Loewi to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 1948)

[1] Dr. Morandotti took over Loewi's firm in Venice when Loewi emigrated to the United States in 1939. He moved the business to Rome. Loewi remained in contact with Morandotti and brought old stock from Italy to the United States after the war.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund