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Fragment with wrestling lions and harpies

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Fragment of shroud believed to have been part of the shroud of a bishop of Burgo de Osma. Design of pairs of lions attacking human-headed birds within circles connected by smaller circles containing inscriptions, woven with red, green, and light brown silk (weft) and gold thread (brocaded). The...

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Provenance

Said to come from the tomb of bishop San Pedro de Osma (d. 1109) in the Cathedral of Burgo de Osma, Spain [see note 1]. 1933, Herman A. Elsberg (b. 1869 - d. 1938), New York; 1933, sold by Elsberg to the MFA for $14,500 [see note 2]. (Accession date: March 7, 1933) NOTES: [1] See Adele Coulin Weibel, Two Thousand Years of Textiles (New York: Pantheon, 1952), p. 96, cat. no. 66. [2] Purchased with MFA 33.372 for $14,500.

Credit Line

Ellen Page Hall Fund

Spanish (probably Almería), Almoravid, Early 12th century

Object Place

probably Almería, Southern Spain

Dimensions

50 x 43 cm (19 11/16 x 16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.371

Medium or Technique

Silk lampas with supplementary discontinuous metal-wrapped patterning wefts

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles