Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Vesture. 17th c, Bulgarian Sakkos from Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece. Made of red silk with linen lining with embroidered imagery, the sakkos comes from Mesembria in Eastern Roumeli (now Bulgaria). It has been dated to the 17th century and has been attributed to an Epirote workshop. -- click image for more info
Heraldic embroidery, leopards, early 1300s. Surface-couched gold thread, silk.
Chasuble - ecclesiastical vestiment - large poncho
Embroidered mitre, ca. 1365-1380 . From: Trésor de la Sainte-Chapelle (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée de Cluny - musée national du Moyen-Âge) / Gérard Blot
The so-called "Dalmatic of Charlemagne". Eleventh century. Gift of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Isidore of Kiev (1439) to Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447)
Cloth of Gold with Winged Lions and Griffins, ca. 1240–60, Central Asia. Silk and metallic thread lampas; Warp: 48 13/16 in. (124 cm), Weft: 19 3/16 in. (48.8 cm).
Frammento di seta tessuta bizantina, V Museum, 1200-1399
Late 6th–early 7th century, Eastern Mediterranean - The vibrant colors of this elegantly woven silk are indicative of the taste for vivid coloring that pervaded the Byzantine and early Islamic worlds. Multiple examples of combat between a man and a lion survive and attest to popularity well into the early Islamic era. The image suggests the classical theme of the battle of Heracles and the Nemean Lion or may also represent the biblical battle of Samson with a lion or of the youthful king…
Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557) brought together more than 350 masterpieces of Byzantine art from some 30 nations, including Greece, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Italy, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro, and FYR-Macedonia. These extraordinary works, some seen rarely and others never shown outside the churches and monasteries that have preserved them, are among those countries' most cherished treasures. See more at…
The inscription on the original Woodpecker Tapestry was embroidered by May Morris (Morris’ daughter), and reads “I once a king and chief, now am the tree-barks thief, ever twixt trunk and leaf, chasing the prey” The quotation was taken from a poem by William Morris about an ancient fabled Italian king named Picas who was transformed into a woodpecker.
Mace - square, diamond-shaped boards, hung by one corner over sakkos under felony on his right hip and Archimandrite bishop, priests, given as a reward. In the presence of mace epigonation worn on the left. Mace symbolizes the spiritual sword - the Word of God. In the Greek Church mace were only bishops, who called themselves the image of Christ - Heavenly Bishop. In the Russian Church in the 16th century. Mace is given as a reward (the sixth), archpriest.
Tunic Date: probably 5th century Geography: Egypt Medium: Undyed linen with tapestry woven wool decorations Dimensions: 68.75 in. high 53.00 in. wide (174.6 cm high 135 cm wide) Classification: Textiles MET MUSEUM
Coptic tunic, Egypt, c. 4th - 5th Century AD, linen and wool, DETAIL, with hemmed neck or under arm slit above a long intricate band decorated with alternating geometric devices. Below is a large orbiculus with a very beautiful and intricate interlocking geometric motif. 42" x 15 3/4" (106.4 x 39.4 cm).