Textile with Floral Pattern

Central Asia

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Central Asian silks with small dense patterns in gold were part of the international trade that flourished under the Mongols, and most known examples survive in European church treasuries. This piece was part of a liturgical vestment long associated with Pope Benedict XI (d. 1304). Textiles such as these were also depicted in Italian—particularly Sienese—paintings, for example Simone Martini's Annunciation of 1333.

Textile with Floral Pattern, Silk and metallic thread lampas, Central Asia

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