Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SHOE: Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: ca. 1650s-1660s (made). Artist/Maker: Unknown (production). Materials and Techniques: Velvet embroidered with silver-gilt thread, lined with leather. This pair of women’s mules or backless slippers is very stylish. They are made of rich velvet embroidered with silver-gilt thread. From about 1550 to 1700, domestic embroidery became very fashionable and mules were often decorated in this way. This pair have a medium heel and a square, slightly overhanging toe. This makes them typical of luxury indoor wear for women in about the middle of the 17th century. A similar pair of mules was made for Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. V & A MUSEUM.

PANEL: Fragment from a Coptic Hanging. Object Name: Fragment. Date: 5th century. Geography: Egypt. Medium: Linen, wool; plain weave, tapestry-weave. This large rectangular textile incorporates both Roman and Christian imagery. Arcades containing hunters on horseback recall Roman sources, while the roundels with angels are clearly Christian. Similar imagery, such as the baskets of fruit, is found on the wall paintings of Umayyad desert palaces in Syria. Early textiles such as this, woven by Coptic Christians, have survived the centuries due to the dry climate and the Christian perpetuation of the Egyptian practice of burying the dead in garments sometimes shrouded in large cloth wrappings. Such textiles were woven in well‑organized workshops that continued to function in the early Islamic period. Met Museum.


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