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At least six pieces of an Italian fifteenth-century green velvet make up this antependium (altar frontal), which is sectioned into squares with narrow silver tape. The edges are finished with wide silk and silver-gilt tape and the bottom is fringed. The appliquéd needlework border across the upper quadrant was worked over padding in gold and silver thread in a meandering scroll pattern reminiscent of Italian needle lace designs. It probably dates from the sixteenth or seventh century.

Antependium, Silk; metal, Italian

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