Cloak of Roger II of Sicily
Date 12th century
Medium Red silk embroidered with silk and pearls
Provenance Palermo, Italy
Housed at Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna
Muslim craftsmen worked abroad; in Palermo, Italy, for example, they created this cape of Roger II of the Norman Dynasty that was to be used for centuries in Hapsburg coronations. Artists incorporated luster-glazed ceramic pieces, glass, and rock crystal upon red silk from Iran or China; their designs praise the Catholic ruler in Arabic, interestingly.