This fragment from an Byzantine robe shows griffins embroidered on a delicate silk woven of murex-dyed threads. It was in the eastern Roman empire of Byzantium that the symbolic power of murex purple reached its apogee.
Alba, century, Kunsthistorisches Museum What you’re seeing isn’t a completely medieval piece of clothing. Rather, much of the trimming dates to the square trimming around the neck dates to the century, and the white silk dates to.
Purported to be commissioned or given as a diplomatic gift for Charlemagne’s coronation in The work, now stored in the Vatican treasury, is actually a patriarch’s sakkos (tunic) that Constantinopolitan artists created in the century.