English (London (Lloyd Square))
Object Place: London, Lloyd Square, England
186.05 x 99.95 cm (73 1/4 x 39 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Silk, satin damask; embroidered with polychrome silk and gold metallic threads (on an orange silk core); linen backing; damask lining. Within a mandorla in the image of the Virgin Mary; she holds the Christ Child and stands on a crescent moon. The garments of the figures are made of red, blue and white silk damask appliquéd to a gold ground. The folds are delineated by embroidery and gold couching. Silk embroidery is used for the faces, hands, and feet. At the top in Holy Mary; sides, AVE MA; bottom, PRAY FOR US. An appliquéd shield of gold cloth decorates each corner. In the upper left and lower right aorner in “ihs”, “MR” is opposite.
Society of the Sisters of Bethany; may have been designed by Sir J. Ninian Cowper (1864-1960)
Gift of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Mass.