Textile Fragment from the Dalmatic of San Valerius
Silk, gilt animal substrate around a silk core; lampas with seperable layers in the ground weave
Textile: H. 3 in. (7.6 cm)
W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Mount: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
W. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1946
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
This brocaded textile was originally part of a dalmatic (liturgical tunic) manufactured in Andalusia. It belongs to a collection of vestments from the cult of Saint Valerius, who was the bishop of Saragossa, Spain from 290 until 315. During the eleventh century his body was transferred to the Cathedral of San Vicente de Roda de Isábena in Lerida (Catalonia), from where relics were dispatched to other churches. The textiles were made to venerate the saint, and were worn on the occasion of his feast day.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, by 1920–46; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 46B, pp. 55, 78-80, ill. p. 79 (color).