, PART OF THE INSIGNIA OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
Sicily, Palermo, Royal
Workshop, 1130 - 1140, Period of King Roger II.
Viuenna, Weltliche Schatzkammer Cuff: 21 cm wide. Lower
border: 21 cm wide
The dalmatic is of
deep purple silk. The apparles illustrated, however,
- a cuff and the lower border - are made of a silk material
resembling that of the Coronation Mantle. The gold thread
is underside couched, but on the cuff the gold is in
the form of minute tubes with the couching thread passed
through them. Pearls, gold plaques, enamels and filigree
work. According to Fillitz the garment may belong to
the same set of vestments as the Coronation Mantle.
Lit.: H. Fillitz, Die
Insignien und Kleinodien des Heiligen Romischen Reiches.
Vienna-Munich 1954, p. 58, Figs. 27, 28 - P. E. Schramm
and F. Mutherich, Denkmale der deutschen Kinige und
Kaiser, Munich 1962, p. 182, No. 181
Schuette, Marie and Sigrid Muller-Christensen: Pictorial
History of Embroidery ; NY: Frederick Praeger, 1964.
Deep Purple Silk Dalmatic of 1130-40
Cuff detail of the deep purple silk dalmatic of 1130-40
from the insignia of the Holy Roman Empire. It is a product
of the royal workshops of Roger II in Palermo. Minute
golden tubes fill the pearl motifs whilst the sumptuous
effect is increased by the use of large coloured enamel
"Medieval Craftsmen: Embroiderers," by Kay Staniland,
University of Toronto Press, 1991, p. 46.