Fragment of a Chasuble


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This fragment of a chasuble (a liturgical garment used in the celebration of the Mass), together with another fragment in the Lehman Collection (1975.1.1878A) are of a dark red silk cut voided velvet, patterned in an allover straight vertical repeat of a five-lobed shape filled with a stylized plant with buds projecting into the lobes. Above the top lobe a smaller version of the plant grows from a branch with a curling cluster of berries and adouble knotting device. Additional stylized plants reminiscent of pomegranates fill the voids between the pattern repeats.

Fragment of a Chasuble, Silk, Italian

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