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Bishop's Gloves

Date:
fourth quarter 17th century
Culture:
European
Medium:
Silk, metal
Dimensions:
5 x 12 in. (12.7 x 30.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Ecclesiastical
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Museum Expedition 1921, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
2009.300.1663a, 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. This classic example, which dates from the 17th century, is in fine condition and its green color signifies that the gloves were worn during Ordinary Time, the thirty-three to thirty-four weeks that do not fall within the Christmas or Easter seasons.
Stewart Culin ; Brooklyn Museum , New York (until 2009; to MMA)
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