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Acquired in 1916 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
T&F
credit
Given by W.B. Chamberlin Esq. through The Art Fund
date_end
1600-12-31
date_start
1400-01-01
date_text
15th century to 16th century (made)
descriptive_line
Towel, natural linen with patterned bands of blue, Italian, 15th - 16th century
dimensions
Length: 185 cm, Width: 55 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Griffin is emblem of Perugia
historical_significance
history_note
The towel came to the museum with a mixed group of other textiles from W B Chamberlin. There is no further provenance for it.
id
628
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:21:13.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:21:13.000Z
latitude
42.502998
location
In Storage
longitude
12.57341
marks
materials
cotton, linen
materials_techniques
Woven linen and cotton
museum_number
T.13-1916
museum_number_token
t131916
object_number
O122452
object_type
Towel
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Towards each end of the towel are 3 blue bands woven with blue cotton supplementary wefts; they vary in width and are each bordered with double blue stripes.They depict : 1. continuous vine stem with parrots (twice) 2. griffins affronted holding swords, between tall flowering plants (twice) 3. hounds pursuing hares (once) 4. castles with parrots and another creature looking like a lamb (once) The linen ground is a small lozenge diaper weave. The ends of the towel are unfinished. The blue colour is very washed out, and the towel is extensively patched and darned, including patches from other similar towels.
place
Italy
primary_image_id
production_note
These textiles are usually attributed to Perugia.
production_type
public_access_description
The name usually given in English to textiles like these is 'Perugia towels', deriving from tovaglie perugine. Tovaglia is usually translated as tablecloth, and tovagliolo as napkin, but their use was in both ecclesiastical and secular contexts. Their function included napkin and table cover, as well as altar cloth and sacristy hand towel. They were woven in mixed twill, ofter diaper, with white linen warp and weft, and had the characteristic feature of bands of pattern created with a supplementary weft of cotton, almost always dyed blue with indigo or woad, though occasionally in red or brown. An inventory of 1482 describes two napkins being '...in the style of Perugia' (banbagia a la perugina)so the association of such blue-banded textiles with this region may date back to at least the 15th century.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
towel-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
Weaving
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1600
year_start
1400