Belt in the form of a long embroidered strip, the surface almost covered in couched silver threads; cut ends; design of three repeating motifs in 18 ogival quadrilobal frames: a) a crested helm with mantling, the crest the upper half of a bear, accompanied by an inscription reading "Branko"; b) a falcon; c) a wyvern with twisted tail; between the frames, a lion's mask, and at the sides, stylised leaves; zig-zag pattern in laid ground; the five frames at the bottom of the strip rather more circular in outline; construction and material from lowest layer upwards: modern lining; support textile of plain linen; quilting threads of undyed cotton following design; base textile of twill weave crimson silk changing to salmon pink tabby weave silk in bottom section; embroidery: six types of couched metal thread: silver gilt wire; silver wire; three strands of flattened silver wire twisted together; single strands of flattened silver wire loosely twisted around a crimson, pea green or light blue silk core; silk thread for surface couching and outlining (split stitch) in navy blue, crimson, pea green, apricot or yellow, white and light blue.
- 1350 (circa)
- Length: 1950 millimetres
- Width: 75 millimetres
Published: D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 225
2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2004 15 Mar-5 Jul, USA, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Byzantium; Faith and Power
25 March 1991
Reason for analysis
Conservation Research Lab Report
Analysis of dyes on eight textile samples
Eight textile samples were analysed. Orchil, safflower, indigotin, dibromoindigotin and kermes were detected.
Analysis reference number
Formerly in the Ikle Collection, St Gall, Switzerland. Sold at Christie's, South Kensington, 7th Nov. 1989, lot 171.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB1141
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