Aër (veil for communion vessels)

Eastern European
16th–17th century

Object Place: Europe (Eastern)


68 x 81 x 2 cm (26 3/4 x 31 7/8 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin with gold and silver colored metallic thread embroidery, gold-colored metal and silk wrapped woven trim, silk and metallic braided tassels, and cotton backing

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Veil for Communion vessels. Eastern Orthodox Church. The baby Jesus, on a patten, a chalice and the Bible (?) all on an altar over which a canopy is supported by four columns and a censer is suspended. Standing on either side the Archangels Gabriel and Michael. All metallic yarns except flesh and hair areas being silk worked in split stitch; on a red satin silk ground. Narrow metallic silk and linen yarn tape border. Tassel pendant from three of the corners.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection