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Cope

Date:
fourth quarter 15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Silk, metal
Dimensions:
52 1/2 in. (133.4 cm)
Classifications:
Textiles-Velvets, 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:
2009.300.3409
Not on view
The large pomegranate and parallel waving branch motifs make this a quintessential example of the opulent metallic and silk velvet textiles of the late 15th century. The scale and richness of the design give the cope a sense of grandeur appropriate for ecclesiastical purposes. The orphrey textile is also made from a classic Italian textile from the 17th century. Together, they illustrate how textiles used in ecclesiastical garments were kept and reused over time.
The Rembrandt Club (until 1911; to Brooklyn Museum) ; Brooklyn Museum , New York (until 2009; to MMA)
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