Byzantine Lion Silk

Byzantine Lion Silk

700-1000Possibly ByzantineWoven SilkThis piece is woven in a right hand twill. These two fragments are woven with a lion and start motif and probably columns flanking the lions. It is unkown what the figure between the lions origionally looked like, as the textile has been torn in half and this sectioin is missing. Animal motifs are very common in samitum silks from this time.The fragments are believed to have come from a church in the Rhineland and are attributed as Byzantine textiles. Museum curators suggest this peice was to represent Daniel in the lions den.Overall measurements are 7.25” long by 3” wide.The lions measure 4” long by 3” wideThe diamonds are 1” square 

Culture: 
Byzantine
Museum Rereference Number: 
T.93-1937