Fragment of Chasuble, Silk; lampas

Fragment of Chasuble

Object Name:
15th century
Attributed to Spain
Silk; lampas
Max. dimension: H. 51 in. (129.5 cm)
W. 31 1/4 in. (79.4 cm)
Min. dimension: H. 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm)
W. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm)
Mount: H. 54 1/2 in (138.4 cm)
W. 35 1/4 in (89.5 cm)
D. 4 in (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
Not on view
This silk textile fragment once functioned as the back of a chasuble, as is indicated by the shape of the piece. The textile is ornamented with pairs of confronting coroneted lions on either side of a stylized tree. The lions have been compared to a Granadine textile bearing Nasrid heraldic emblems and rampant lions, which possibly served as the model. Variants of this pattern, depicting slightly different plant forms or animals suggest that these textiles were mass-produced. For similar textiles in the museum’s collection, see also 11.23, 25.120.453, and 1981.372.
#6643. Overview: Nasrid Silks
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Collection Monsieurs Tassinari and Châtel, Paris (by 1882); Jacques Châtel, Paris (until 1920; sold to MMA)
Aanavi, Don. "Western Islamic Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 27, no. 3 (November 1968). p. 203, ill. (b/w).