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Three parallel columns of birds in profile alternating with stylized paired leaves on vertical stem; brown ground with gold patterning


Said to come from the Cathedral of Palermo [see note 1]. Claudius Côte, Lyon; sold by Côte, through Christoph Bernoulli, Basel, to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1948, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $190. (Accession Date: May 13, 1948) NOTES: [1] See Adele Coulin Weibel, Two Thousand Years of Textiles (New York, 1952), p. 126, cat. no. 161.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

Sicilian, 12th century

Object Place

Sicily, Italy


8 x 10 cm (3 1/8 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk samit


Textiles and Fashion Arts