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Weft-faced compound twill weaving roundels

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Interlacing roundels with paired griffins and inscription around circumference. Pale brown and blue.


Said to come from the Church of Saint-Saturnin de Vergy, Côte d'Or, France [see note 1]. Claudius Côte, Lyon; sold by Côte, through Christoph Bernoulli, Basel, to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1947, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $450. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947) NOTES: [1] According to Adèle Coulin Weibel, Two Thousand Years of Textiles (New York, 1952), p. 107, cat. no. 98. See also Sophie Desrosiers et al., Soieries et autres textiles de l'Antiquité au XVIe siècle (Paris, 2004), p. 224, cat. no. 117, for a comparative textile from the same cloth, which--according to an old handwritten note--is purported to have held the relics of St. Regnobert at the church of St. Saturnin, a church which has not been identified.

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John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund

possibly Mesopotamian, 11th–12th century

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23 x 30 cm (9 1/16 x 11 13/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 23.0 x 30.0 cm

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Textiles and Fashion Arts