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Altar frontal (?)


58 x 198 cm (22 13/16 x 77 15/16 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.98 x .58 not including bobbin lace and fringe

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Medium or Technique

Linen; point, drawn-work

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: heavy white linen. Design: horizontal band with zig-zag, angular flowering vine and small birds, between narrow borders of small lions, on a square mesh ground, worked with white linen thread. Threads have been drawn out in both directions through ground and pattern, the pattern filled with “loop stitch”. See Stapley, Popular Weaving and Embroidery in Spain. page 53, fig. 18. The design dates from 17th century workmanship probably later. Edged on three sides with coarse bobbin lace to which woven fringe is sewed.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Gertrude H. Shurtleff in memory of Katharine Brewer Shillaber