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This tapestry has an all over pattern of quatrefoil roses. The roses are on a green background and are staggered. The petals are shaded from wite and pink to dark red from the center out.

This linen and wool tapestry is expertly executed. Weibel give a wonderful description of how the woman's head is depicted in this tapestry. The subject is a woman with her head turned slightly to the right shoulder. It is woven in very fine wool, which allowed the weaver to provide excellent detail in the tapestry.

It is a shame Weibel does not give this piece more attention, the description here is not nearly as robust as most in this book.It is noted there are identical tapestries in the Victoria & Albert Collection and in Dalton, Byzantine Art.The tapestry measures 3.75" square and depictes a horsemean at the center of a scene with fruits and water birds catching fish. The ground is said to be a pale buish green and the desing executed in red and white.


The design is described as a white background with the trees woven in red wool. Weible specified the design was woven sideways, a technique common in tapestry weaving. Weft faced designs are usually woven on the warp in the manner that allows for the best curves. Curves need the be built up gradually therefore the weaver normally weaves the design on the warp in the way that the most amount of curves are woven vertically on the loom, even if they will appear horizontally on the finished piece.

This samitum measure 37.25" by 16". It is a large iece of samitum depicting a gladiator in action. The design used red, white, yellow, blue and green silks. The design is well detailed of a Roman gladiator, which has been stated to be Samson, David and/or Hercules. The design also includeed a lion and a landscape. The design is repeated 4 times across the cloth, the figures alternate direction across the cloth.

This is a reversible samitum aldo depciting birds. This design shows a procession of a pigeon, druch, peacock and good in brown and white silks. There is also a landscape in this finely woven samitum.

Weibel described this piece as plain compound twill, which means my attribution as samitum may be incorrect. Weibel did not clearly define the terms used in this book. he stated the warp was rose-red and wefts were cream, dark green, oliver green, organe and dark red silks. For exact description of this textile see Weibel, or contact me.The piece measured 10 3/8" square.

The piece uses roundels which do not touch and contain a lotus tree within a palmette frame. The design was done in rose and light yellowish tan. The remaining piece consisted of six nearly complete roundels and measure 13" x 23.75"

This design is of a wavy ivy lozenge (diamond shapes across the fabric) around two ducks which alternately face each other and face away from each other.

This is similar to the Senmurv silk in the Victoria and Albert collections. This piece contains two senmurves stacked on each other, both encircled by roundels with a floral motif and circles where the roundels touch. I would like to see this silk in person as well to be able to compare this piece with the V&A piece.


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