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Byzantine Silk Weaving AD 400 to AD 1200

Anna Muthesius

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by Anna Muthesius, PhD., F.S.A.

Surrey Institute of Art and Design and
Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University

Key silks that are currently inaccessible are illustrated and discussed in full in this
publication. The book includes the latest information available on such aspects as production of the raw
material, dyes and looms.
The book concentrates on technical and iconographical aspects of the surviving material and provides a broad chronology of the different types of silk.
It discusses Provincial as well as Metropolitan Byzantinesilk production.
Special emphasis is placed on the widespread export and use of Byzantine silks in the Latin West before AD 1200.
The book also illustratesthe impact of Byzantine silks on the Near East.
The Appendices list over 1300 Byzantine and related Islamic sikls, giving full details of 120.

Besides beeing a reference work for Byzantinists the book constitutes a cross-disciplinary of the
subjects, involving the disciplines of:


Art History




Social History

Ecclesiastical History


It will therefore be valuable to students of all these subjects.



Production of the raw material

Introduction to Hand draw-looms

Introduction to byzantine dyes

The datable Byzantine Lion and Elephant silks

Paired main warp twills with lion, eagle and griffin

The London Charioteer silk (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Falkes so-called Alexandrian group of silks

3 more groups of single main warp twills

monchrome patterned silks of the 10-12th centuries

Byzantine influence on Central Asian silk weaving
(The Ram silk at Huy and related silks of the 7th -10th centuries)

An Imperial Byzantine tapestry weave silk
and the Bullock silk of St. Servatius, Maastricht

Byzantine and other Eastern Mediterranean tabby weave

Silk production in Southern Italy and in Sicily

The use of silks in the West

western Silk Patrons

Summary of conclusions

Appendices: Weaving types, List by Locations

main catalogue: silk numbers M1 to M120

Handlist -silks numbers M120a- M1391

many Plates: 72 pages in colour, 56 pages b/w Author: Anna Muthesius

Hardcover 4, 288pp, plates: 72 colour, 56 b/w

Muthesius, Anna
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