Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles

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Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth & Maria Hayward
The single volume Encyclopaedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles of the British Isles c. 450-1450 is a unique work that intends to bring together in 582 signed articles the latest research from across the range of disciplines which contribute to our knowledge of medieval dress and textiles.

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Iconography and symbolism on textiles

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Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Survivals of textiles with complete or near-complete remains of ornament, figural or non-figural, are rare before 1300. The evidence of, for example, animal art influenced by imported silks from the Byzantine world or even further afield, evident in sculpture ,is an indication of how much has been lost (see sculpture: ante-1100 England, skeuomorphs of textile techniques). There are surviving silks: there are several from the Relics of St Cuthbert , including the 'Rider Silk' (10th- to 11th-century), the 'Nature Goddess' or 'Earth and Ocean Silk' (8th– to 9th-century) and the 'Peac…