Nor were their ornaments like those in use to-day, set off by Tyrian purple
, and silk tortured in endless fashions, but the wreathed leaves of the green dock and ivy, wherewith they went as bravely and becomingly decked as our Court dames with all the rare and far-fetched artifices that idle curiosity has taught them.
Inspired by this story, Renilde designed jewelry pieces studded with green peridots and amethysts, the latter to represent the Tyrian purple
that symbolized royalty in the ancient western world.
So Tyrian purple
was strictly reserved for dyeing robes of high-ranking Romans.
Dressed in varying shades of Tyrian purple
, the court's dancers entertain the guests with a ritual dance, then present the Egyptians with the gift of the Phoenician alphabet, said to the first widely used alphabet.
In the 7th century B.C., Greek law stipulated that a free-born woman "may not wear gold jewelry or a garment with a purple border, unless she is a courtesan." In ancient Rome, only Roman senators were allowed to wear Tyrian purple
on their togas-ordinary Romans could not.
Back in the day, this was commonly known as Tyrian purple
- an acknowledgement to its place of origin.
Tyre is best known for its export of Tyrian purple
dye, which was manufactured from the shell of the Murex trunculus sea snail.
For artists working in monasteries around the British isles, for example, illumination would bring together local English woad with exotic stuffs, whose names often recalled their origins: Polish cochineal, Armenian reds, Tyrian purple
hauled from the Mediterranean, cinnabar from Sinope, indigo from India, and from Afghanistan, the fabulously expensive dust of lapis lazuli, called ultramarine for its origins beyond the sea.
ABSTRACT The muricid mollusc Dicathais orbita produces Tyrian purple
, which is a brominated derivative of the blue dye indigo.
Shot on film and then scanned, her digital C-prints connoted the passage of time, gradually shifting from light lavender in the front room (day) to dark Tyrian purple
in the back gallery (night).
He had abandoned his discreet colours in favour of doublet and breeches in Tyrian purple
, paned and embroidered with silver, the high collar and turned-down ruff of silver lace sparkling with amethysts.
It is said that the Tyrian purple
dye, originally from Lebanon, and made from crushed seashells was more costly, weight for weight, than pure gold..