Chasuble, Silk satin, brocaded with chenille and silk; Orphrey: silk satin, embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped thread, Portuguese

Chasuble

Date:
early 18th century
Culture:
Portuguese
Medium:
Silk satin, brocaded with chenille and silk; Orphrey: silk satin, embroidered with silk and metal-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
48 × 29 in. (121.9 × 73.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.97
Not on view
This extravagant chasuble was likely constructed and used in Portugal. A variety of secular (fountains, peacocks, leopards, and turkeys) and mythical (unicorns, Hercules fighting a lion) images are scattered throughout the brocaded side panels, in contrast with the center panels, which are embroidered with traditional Christian motifs.
The materials may have been sourced in Asia and Europe. The woven body fabric is Portuguese while the white satin ground of the center panels is embroidered with silk and silver threads in a style that shows typically Asian characteristics, such as the use of multicolored bands in areas such as the pelican’s wings, and the meticulous flat stitching technique.
[ Everybody's Thrift Shop , 1942; sold to MMA ]