Deep Blue Horsearcher Silk

Deep Blue Horsearcher Silk


Byzantine silk with Bahram Gur hunter scene.

Period: VIII-XIth century
Pattern repeat: 21 cm
Material width: 105 cm
5 patterns is a row
100% silk


1 in stock

Weight 130 g
Dimensions 105 cm


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Famous Early Medieval pattern: Bahram Gur horsearcher hunter motif. Original is from a Byzantine workshop.

The depicted scene comes from the Persian mythology, what was reused by Byzantines as well. Silks with this motive are found all around Europe.

Reconstructed silk pattern from Moshchevaya Balka

We know a high variety of  finds of silk fabrics with the Bahram Gur hunt in Europe, all of which were used there for much more prestigious purposes. Some of the most significant finds of this kind:

  1. RUSSIA, From the famous sites of Moshchevaya Balka and Nizhny Arkhyz in the Caucasus;
  2. RUSSIA, From Xth century woman burial from Pskov among the textil finds we see an underdress and an apron, woven in blue tabby linen adorned with such horsearcher silk;

    The reconstructed textile from the garment from Pskov

  3. GERMANY, The most complete of the surviving specimens (the closest to the fragments found in the Moshchevaya Balka, which served as the basis for their reconstruction) is the silk of St. Kunibert in the Basilica of St. Cunibert in Cologne;
  4.  ITALY, Two pieces are used in the golden altar of the Cathedral of San Ambrogio in Milan;
  5. CZECH REPUBLIC Two fragments decorating the binding of the famous hand-written Gospel from the 9th century from the library of Strahov Monastery in Prague;
  6. FRANCE, Fragment in the treasury of the Saint-Calais Cathedral;
  7. FRANCE, Cushion of Saint Remy in the Basilica of Saint Remy in Reims. The relative chronology given by this find is interesting: The pillow of St. Remy was covered with one of the variants of silk of the 9th century with the so-called senmurvs, but as an inner stuffing a badly worn piece of silk with the of Bahram Gur hunter scene was used;
  8. FRANCE, The small fragments that served as relics’ vans were in Switzerland in the monastery treasury of Sonne (Sienna), in the cathedral of Sanetien in Sans in France and in the Kestner museum in Hanover.
  9. NORWAY, Silk fragments from the Oseberg ship burial also could be identified as parts of the Bahram Gur hunter silks.

    Parallel to the hunter silk fragemnt found in Oseberg


Source: Anna A. Jerusalimskaya – Moshchevaja Balka 2012. А.А. Иерусалимская: Мощевая Балка. Санкт-Петербург 2012.