Germany/Spain: 13/14th C V Museum Spain was the first country in Europe to develop silk production. This fragment could be German or Spanish, as the technique of embroidery used has been discovered in both countries. It has a woven pattern comprising heraldic devices: eagles alternate with lions rampant (lions standing on their hind legs). Rampant lions were the symbol of the province of northern Spain called León (which translates into English as lion).
Saddle Cloth ~ Pazyryk Culture ~ felt applique, leather, hair, gold ~ 5th-4th century ~ State Hermitage Museum ~ The Pazyryk culture is a Scythian Iron Age archaeological culture (c. 6th to 3rd centuries BC) identified by excavated artifacts and mummified humans found in the Siberian permafrost. The Pazyryk are considered to have had a war-like life.