Saturday, January 13, 2007

Mid 14th century tassels with turkish head knot


This is a page from my sketchbook. I tried to draw a "how to" for tassels with turkish head knots, based on a mid 14th century alms purse in the Musee de Cluny. The museum has got two purses that probably belonged to the countess of Bar. One purse is featured on the website of the museum. The other purse is of the same style, and has got five tassels with turkish head knots. I could study the tassels in detail.

The turkish head knots were made with five parallel strands of gold thread (so the knots were not green, as in my picture :-) . Most of the gold foil had worn off. The turkish head knot from one of the tassels was missing. This detail showed how the tassel's silk strands were first tied together (with a blue/grey ribbon) and then covered with some kind of roll of linen fabric. I think the turkish head knot must have been tied over this linen core.


2 comments :

Isis said...

Interesting!

I knew about cores being used on tassels (wood, leather) but have never actually seen one!

Thanks for sharing.

Though: whatch out with using photo's you took in museums. The copyright is theirs, even though you took them. (Because they own the object). So you might want to consider to take them offline again, and post a drawing of them instead.

Machteld said...

One of these days, I'll take some pictures of the pages in my sketchbook and include those instead.

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