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Two different red velvet cloths of gold have been cut, patched and collaged together here. Of good quality, but unusual in both technique and design, these can be attributed to Spanish weavers responding to- and subverting- more traditional Italian velvet conventions. In the late nineteenth, perhaps early twentieth century, these were paired with fragmentary embroidered orphreys depicting five of Christ's disciples, salvaged from some other piece, to create this chasuble-like garment. Too large to actually have been worn comfortably, this "vestment" was most likely assembled by a dealer to appeal to the art market than for use within an ecclesiastic context.

Chasuble, Silk, metal, linen, Spanish

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