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Part of an orphrey

German (Cologne)
15th century

Object Place: Cologne, Germany


Height x width: 41 x 5 cm (16 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, brocade

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Narrow band, with selvedges along both sides, cut at ends. Gold-wrapped linen wefts and red silk warps form herringbone ground in weft direction. Brocaded on this in red, ivory, white, blue and green silks are stylized tree at each end, a stylized blossom in center and between these the names “ihesus” and “maria”. Gold mostly worn off; silks worn, exposing heavy linen secondary warps.

Credit Line

Textile Income Purchase Fund