Vestment fragment with stars in staggered squares

Overall: 28.6 x 26.7 cm (11 1/4 x 10 1/2 in.); Mounted: 38.7 x 36.8 cm (15 1/4 x 14 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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Alternating rows of two different forms of interlacing stars set within square frames convey a jewel-like brilliance with gold and contrasting colors. This fragment was reused in an ecclesiastical vestment that made its way to the cathedral at Lleida in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. A document dated 1275 records that the Bishop of Lleida and his companions brought “[A] complete set of vestments, of Muslim manufacture, which ornaments they dedicated to San Valero.”
Vestment fragment with stars in staggered squares

Vestment fragment with stars in staggered squares


Spain, probably Almeria

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