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Orphrey from a Chasuble (?)

Date:
first half 17th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silk; metal; linen
Dimensions:
29 x 10 1/4 in. (73.7 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1768
Not on view
This panel of cut and uncut voided velvet and another in the Lehman Collection (1975.1.1769) were probably originally one long piece that was cut in two to make orphreys for the front and back of a chasuble (a liturgical garment worn during the celebration of the Mass). The polychrome design of a meandering garland of large blossoms and curling leaves is bordered by rows of smaller-scale foliage motifs edged with narrow bands of diagonal lines. The panels are finished with two different types of decorative tape. A polychrome velvet with a similar pattern of large flowers and leaves is in the Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Köln.
Robert Lehman, New York
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