Silk Lampas

Silk Lampas

900-1300Byzantine, possibly made in Persia/IranThis piece of lampas is woven in silk. The background is olive green with blue and red design blocks. The pattern is two animals, probably lions contained in roundels and repeats across the fabric. The lions have their backs to one another, but heads are tirmed tp face each other.The overall piece is 12.5”-13 long by 7.25” wideThe pattern is 2” squareThe warp is natural/olive colour with blue and red wefts. The twill areas are left hand twill, which seems inconsistent with the attribution to Persian weavers. Although I have not conducted a large sample study of Persian textiles, the ones I have studied thus far I have noted right hand twills only.

Culture: 
Byzantine
Persian
Museum Rereference Number: 
1241-1864