Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Silk Decorative Tunic Band with a Hunter

Silk Decorative Tunic Band with a Hunter

700s

Silk: complementary weft-faced twill with inner warps (samit)

Overall: 27.3 x 6.7 cm (10 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.); Mounted: 34.9 x 14.3 cm (13 3/4 x 5 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.505

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This prestigious silk band displays a stylized palmette leaf above a hunter who holds a sword and a shield and pursues a lion and a rabbit. Another fragment with Arabic script indicates Islamic manufacture. Green and ivory silk horizontal wefts dominate, interlaced by vertical warps in a diagonal twill weave. A second inner warp does not come to the surface. Such compound structures were woven on large looms with automatic pattern repetition, called drawlooms.

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