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Textile Fragment from the Tomb of Don Felipe

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
second half 13th century
Geography:
From Spain, Palencia
Medium:
Silk, linen, metal wrapped thread; taqueté
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Mount: H. 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm)
W. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
D. 1/4 in. (0.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Velvets
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.8
Not on view
Part of a corpus of identical fragments, this Andalusian textile belonged to the mantle that was interred with Don Felipe Infante (d. 1274), son of Ferdinand II and brother of Alfonso X, thirteenth-century kings of Castile. The composition consists of registers containing repeating rosettes with geometric interlace against a gold background. The most prominent band features a kufic inscription, al-Yumn (felicity), in mirror image. Opulent textiles, probably manufactured in a Muslim production center, were regularly used for garments or furnishings and placed in Christian royal burials, reflecting the esteem with which Andalusian fabrics were regarded.
Inscription: Arabic inscription in Kufic in band:
Translation: "Happiness"
Tomb of Don Felipe Infante (d. 1274), Spain

[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, by 1920–46; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]
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