Silk; embroidered in silk and metal thread with (later) metallic trim
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
W. 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm)
D. 2 in. (with insert)
Rogers Fund, 1917
Not on view
The embroidered pattern of tulips and foliate interlace imitates Ottoman silks and embroideries. This piece represents the neck opening and yoke of a phelonion, a poncho-like vestment worn by priests and bishops. It was likely embroidered in Russia as the upper part of a vestment made from a contrasting woven silk (now lost) imported from either Italy or the Ottoman Empire.
[ Indjoudjian Frères, Paris, until 1917; sold to MMA]
Denny, Walter B., and Sumru Berger Krody. The Sultan's Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art. Washington: Textile Museum, 2012.
Peck, Amelia, ed. "The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800." In Interwoven Globe. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. no. 63, p. 218, ill. (color).