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Pillow cover

Greek Islands (Crete)
18th century

Object Place: Crete, Greek Islands, Greece


33.5 x 48.5 cm (13 3/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pillow cover (one face only). Natural linen tabby-woven ground, embroidered with pale yellow, pink, browns in red, green-blue and blue floss silks in satin, split, ladder and stem stitches. All-over trellis pattern defined by scrolling leaves and rosettes; in each compartment, a conventionlaized plant; two compartments contain peacocks. Narrow border shows simple blocaks of alternating colors. Linen browned; silks gone in many places, leaving drawing visible.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Gertrude Townsend