Part of a valance

Date: 18th century

Culture: Greek, Ionian Islands or Epirus

Medium: Silk on cotton

Dimensions: Overall: 18 1/4 × 64 in. (46.4 × 162.6 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt, 1931

Accession Number: 31.42


Epirus was an important textile production center in the Balkans. Commercial embroidery made there in great volume for distribution throughout much of the Ottoman empire represents a mainland tradition. But Epirus was also the source of domestic embroideries that are similar to Aegean work. This bolster cover from Epirus is closely related to Greek island embroideries. Featuring three groups of horsemen and attendants amid small-scale birds, animals, vases of flowers, and double-arched structures, the cover was part of the furnishings for a bed or sofa.