Sunday, January 18, 2009

Probably not the last pillow post


This is a photo of an Etruscan youth's sarcophagus at the Vatican Museum. It doesn't look like he died peacefully. In fact, he looks to be in the throes of a painful death. My intuition tells me that he died as a result of a hunting accident. Maybe he was gored by a boar or a stag? His favorite (hunting) dog lies next to the bed while his head rests on, yes, a fringed pillow. This type of fringe is called bullion fringe. I used what is called brush fringe on the pillows I made. But, I am fascinated with who made this fringe in ancient Rome? Unfortunately, textiles rarely survive antiquity and we have to look elsewhere to see what they were like. Like on frescoes, tombs, sarcophaguses (sarcophagi?) and vases.

This probably isn't the last pillow post but I had to include it with the last two posts. As I have yet many pillows awaiting construction as soon as I find (enough of) the right fringe...

4 comments:

mental mosaic said...

The MANN museum in Naples recently had an ancient textiles exhibit. I don't know how they managed to survie the ages!

~Tui

homebody at heart said...

I will have to look up the MANN museum, I have never heard of it. I saw a bit of fabric from a tomb of a Roman lady in London when I was last there at the City of London Museum. The scrap of fabric they had, had threads of gold woven in with the natural threads. They also had a ladies roman leather sandal of the most amazing workmanship. When I look at scenes painted on vases, I think that they must have had amazing fabrics not the simple costumes seen in modern movies.

Good to hear from you Tui, thanks for stopping by!

homebody at heart said...

Oops! Been there! I just didn't know it was called the MANN Museum for short. When we were there, they had a special exhibit on amber jewelry.

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