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What is this?

Deep red velvet with offset repeat pattern of gold disks. The foundation is plain weave formed by a red silk warp and tan silk weft; the supplementary warp pile is red silk. The velvet pile is voided in the areas where the coin dots appear, and supplementary gold wefts are floated in pairs to the surface in these areas, bound in twill with the secondary ivory warp.

This is a textile from Italy. It is dated possibly 13th century and we acquired it in 1902. Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.

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Its medium is

medium: silk, metallic technique: supplementary warp pile (velvet) in plain weave foundation, with continuous supplementary weft patterning label: silk velvet with metallic supplementary weft patterning

Its dimensions are

H x W: 53 × 26 cm (20 7/8 × 10 1/4 in.)

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This object was donated by John Pierpont Morgan

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