Textile Fragment from the Dalmatic of San Valerius
Silk, gilt animal substrate around a silk core; tapestry weave
Textile: H. 3 1/8 in. (8 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Mount: H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
W. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
D. 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1946
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457
This tapestry-woven textile was originally applied to a dalmatic of Andalusian manufacture. It belongs to a collection of vestments attributed to the cult of Saint Valerius, who was the bishop of Saragossa 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, with the dalmatic worn on the occasion of his feast day. This textile fragment has an Arabic inscription in naskhi across the bottom: "Good luck and glory and exaltedness and magnificence".
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in naskhi script, repeated twice:
الیمن والعز والرفعة والعظمة
Good luck and glory and exaltedness and magnificence
Marking: See link panel.
[ 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. 46A, pp. 55, 78-80, ill. p. 78 (color).