Fragment of figured silk - ROM2004_1034_5


Fragment of figured silk

Medium:Silk damask
Geography: Italy
Date: late 16th century
Period: Renaissance
69 x 43 cm
Object number: 972.117.17
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William C.C. Van Horne
Not on view
DescriptionIn its classic form, damask patterning is produced by contrasting the two faces of a satin weave. Most silk damasks are of unbalance weave with a fine, closely set warp producing a shiny warp face and a heavier, more widely-spaced weft giving a dull appearance in the areas where the weft predominates. This damask fragment has a dark blue silk warp and a yellow silk weft. The pattern consists of pairs of confronted lions forming a lozenge lattice. A symmetrical flowering plant appears within each compartment formed by the lozenge lattice.
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