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Piece of brocade

Ground: dark blue satin. Design: conventional floral forms with Arabic letters, birds, and animals woven with gold thread (gilded silver wound on neutral yellow silk), neutral orange, and a little cream white silk. Very much worn and patched.


Probably acquired in Spain by Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1928, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $2745 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 7, 1928) NOTES: [1] Seven textiles (MFA accession nos. 28.320 - 28.326) were purchased for this amount.

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund

Italian or Spanish, 15th century

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; brocade


Textiles and Fashion Arts