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Woven Silk

"Bizarre" pattern; double vertical serpentine rows of abstract and cornucopia shapes, intertwined with zig-zag stems and small floral sprays, echoed in ground pattern; edges trimmed with silver galloon, lined with white plain weave silk.

Artist/maker unknown, French or Italian

Made in France, Europe
or Italy, Europe

c. 1705-1710

Silk damask weave with silk brocading wefts bound in twill

6 feet 6 inches × 21 inches (198.1 × 53.3 cm) Pattern Repeat: 30 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches (77.8 x 26.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Henry P. McIlhenny, 1951

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Strange and fanciful images are typical of the so-called "bizarre" silks. This example shows Asian-inspired elements in its design. The silk was probably used for church vestments; it was later assembled in its present form during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.