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Cope

A work made of 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.
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  • A work made of 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.

Date:

1460/70

Artist:

Italy, probably Venice

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.

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Title

Cope

Origin

Venice

Date

Made 1460–1470

Medium

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

Dimensions

117.5 × 310 cm (46 1/4 × 122 in.) Repeat: 75.7 × 21 cm (29 3/4 × 8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Kate S. Buckingham Endowment

Reference Number

1944.406

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