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Bishop's Gloves

Date:
first quarter 17th century
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Silk, metal
Dimensions:
8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Classifications:
Textiles-Embroidered, Textiles-Ecclesiastical
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of the Rembrandt Club, 1911
Accession Number:
2009.300.1648a, b
Not on view
Liturgical gloves are traditionally made of silk knit and embellished with gold metallic embroidery. Worn by Roman Catholic bishops and cardinals during pontifical masses, i.e., those celebrated by the bishop, their color corresponds to the color of vestments worn during the course of the liturgical year. These knitted gloves feature an elaborate gauntlet cuff embellished with floral and fruit forms. Red is the liturgical color for certain feast days and Palm Sunday.
Brooklyn Museum , New York (until 2009; to MMA)
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