Fragment with musicians

Fragment with musicians

1200s

Lampas with areas of double cloth: silk and gold thread

Overall: 16.8 x 14 cm (6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.); Mounted: 27.3 x 24.1 cm (10 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1932.137

Description

The repeating pattern features female musicians playing tambourines. They wear long blue and blue-green robes in alternate rows. A lamp hangs between them, suggesting an evening setting. Traces of their black hair peek out from under red headdresses.

This textile, along with several other fragments, was found within the pages of a Christian manuscript in the Cathedral of Vich, near Barcelona in northeastern Spain.

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