Pillow cover


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

Small pillows were favored by gentlewomen as book supports when reading and as ways to display an owner’s taste and dexterity with a sewing needle. Rich with glittering spangles and cleverly worked in multiple types of stitches, this pillow is a teeming mass of minutelyobserved vegetation. The pomegranate, a non-native species, was initially a popular motif in Tudor England as the heraldic badge of Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Pillow cover, Linen worked with silk and metal thread, spangles; stem, back, plaited braid, knots, and buttonhole stitches, with buttonhole filling, raised and semi-detached, British

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