Exhibitions/ Art Object

Yoke of a Chasuble (Phelonion)

Object Name:
Yoke of a Chasuble
17th century
Probably made in Russia
Silk; embroidered in silk and metal thread with (later) metallic trim
H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm) W. 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm) D. 2 in. (with insert)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
The embroidered pattern of tulips and foliate interlace imitates Ottoman silks and embroideries. This piece represents the neck opening and yoke of a phelonion, a poncho-like vestment worn by priests and bishops. It was likely embroidered in Russia as the upper part of a vestment made from a contrasting woven silk (now lost) imported from either Italy or the Ottoman Empire.
[ Indjoudjian Frères, Paris, until 1917; sold to MMA]
Washington. Textile Museum. "The Sultan's Garden: Floral Style in Ottoman Textiles," September 21, 2012–March 10, 2013.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Interwoven Globe: Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800," September 9, 2013–January 5, 2014, no. 63.

Denny, Walter B., and Sumru Berger Krody. The Sultan's Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art. Washington: Textile Museum, 2012.

Peck, Amelia, ed. "The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800." In Interwoven Globe. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. no. 63, p. 218, ill. (color).

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