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Woman's coif and forehead cloth

about 1610–15

Object Place: England


Coif (center back): 25 cm (9 13/16 in.) Forehead cloth: 17 x 36 cm (6 11/16 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave, embroidered with silk and metallic threads and spangles; metallic bobbin lace

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s cap (coif) and forehead cloth of undyed linen embroidered with silver and gilt-silver yarns and spangles in daffodil scroll pattern. Good condition. Same pattern as 43.243. [Coif (a), forehead cloth (b)]


Originally belonged to the Wodehouse family, Kimberley, Norfolk, England; Purchased in London by Elizabeth Day McCormick, early 20th century; Gift to the MFA, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection