About this artwork
The Roman Catholic Church dictated that all chasubles, the principal vestment worn by bishops or priests to celebrate mass, be made of silk, the most espensive and precious of all fibers. Chasubles vary from cone-shaped garments to more abbreviated forms, consisting of two pieces of material joined at the shoulders. Some chasubles contain embroidered or woven orphrey bands, made of gold threads or gold applied to parchment and frequently shaped like a cross.
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- Chasuble Front with Orphrey Cross
- Chasuble: silk and metal-wrapped thread, brocaded silk velvet with two heights of silk pile, and metal-wrapped threat boucle. Orphrey Cross: silk and metal-wrapped thread, embroidered in flat and padded couching stitches and split stitches on linen plain weave foundation.
- Chasuble: 126.6 × 70.5 cm (49 7/8 × 27 3/4 in.) Orphrey Cross: 112 × 57.7 cm (44 × 22 3/4 in.)
- Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment