About this artwork
Velvet textiles often formed the foundation for the most sumptuous ecclesiastical vestments, or ceremonial attire, worn by European clergy. The cope, a cape-like garment, is worn during processions. It is usually decorated with a band of embroidery, or orphery, on its straight edge. These precious textile components were often separated to increase their value on the art market in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- Made 1460–1470
- Silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk, warp-float faced 4:1 satin weave with supplementary brocading wefts bound by main warps in weft-float faced 1:4 'S' twill interlacings and with supplementary pile warps forming cut voided velvet
- 117.5 × 310 cm (46 1/4 × 122 in.) Repeat: 75.7 × 21 cm (29 3/4 × 8 1/4 in.)
- Kate S. Buckingham Endowment