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Textile Fragment Date: second half 13th–14th century Geography: Eastern Islamic Lands Culture: Islamic Medium: Silk, silvered (?) animal substrate wound around a cotton core; lampas Accession Number: 1996.286

Textile with Brocade Date: 13th century Geography: Made in Sicily, Italy Culture: Spanish or Italian Medium: Silk, metal thread Accession Number: 46.156.26

Textile Fragment from the Tomb of Don Felipe Object Name: Fragment Date: second half 13th century Geography: Spain, Palencia Culture: Islamic Medium: Silk, linen, metal wrapped thread; taqueté Accession Number: 46.156.8

Textile fragment 13th–14th century 55.9 x 32.7 cm, Ground of red satin patterned with interlacing octagons and poly-lobed medallions enclosing geometric ornament and arabesques woven with worn and tarnished metal thread (gilded skin wound on linen) and blue, green and yellow silk; crossed by band with affronted buds divided by trees woven with worn metal thread on red ground, above and below narrower bands of interlocking blue and geometric forms.

Stole with the Martyrdom of St. Catherine Date: ca. 1200 Geography: Made in Rhineland, Germany Culture: German Medium: Silk with linen underlay Dimensions: Overall: 7 3/4 x 19 1/4in. (19.7 x 48.9cm)

There are very few existent fragments of medieval embroidery remaining. A beautiful sample of can be seen below at left, on an embroidered band. The embroidery was sewn onto a separate strip of fabric which was then stitched to the garment. Dated at the 13th century, it is a band of fantastic animals in roundels embroidered with gold thread on silk twill. Photo ©Timothy Mitchell, Victoria Albert Museum of London. (Currently seeking permission to use image)