Red Horsearcher

Byzantine silk with Bahram Gur hunter scene. Original is from Moshchevaya Balka.

Period: VIII-Xth century
Madalion diameter: 15,5 cm
4 medalions in a row
Material width: 75 cm (with 1+1 cm borders)
Warp: silk
Weft: rayon


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

The depicted scene comes from the persian mythology, and 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 bur
  3. ial 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

  4. 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;
  5.  ITALY, Two pieces are used in the golden altar of
    the Cathedral of San Ambrogio in Milan
  6. 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.
  7. FRANCE, Fragment in the treasury of the Saint-Calais Cathedral
  8. 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;
  9. 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.
  10. NORWAY, Silk fragments from the Oseberg ship burial also could be identified as parts of the Bahram Gur hunter silks.

    Paralell to the hunter silk fragemnt found in Oseberg

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

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Additional information

Weight 150 g
Dimensions 75 cm