Chasuble Front with Orphrey Cross

A work made of 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..
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  • A work made of 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..

Date:

Chasuble: 15th century; Orphrey Cross: 1401/50

Artist:

Chasuble: Italy, Florence
Orphrey Cross: Bohemia or Germany

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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Title

Chasuble Front with Orphrey Cross

Origin

Florence

Date

1401–1500

Medium

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.

Dimensions

Chasuble: 126.6 × 70.5 cm (49 7/8 × 27 3/4 in.) Orphrey Cross: 112 × 57.7 cm (44 × 22 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment

Reference Number

1980.615

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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