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Alexis Deise. Cathedral window

Antique Italian Textile, Silk Cut Velvet 15th Century

Zsolnay Secessionist Vase

See the griffens, mythical creatures with the head of an eagle on the body of a lion? This fragment from an 11th-century Byzantine robe shows them embroidered on a delicate silk woven of murex-dyed threads. The symbolic power of murex purple reached its apogee in the eastern Roman empire of Byzantium.