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Chasuble front

Italian and Flemish (Spanish)
15th and 16th century

Object Place: Italy (velvet), Flanders (orphrey) (Spain?)


118.7 x 68.5 cm (46 3/4 x 26 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ecclesiastical costume. Chasuble front. Cut and voided red velvet (Italian) with a repeating motif of a pomegranate surrounded by floral sprays within lobate compartments; severely worn. Orphrey strip (Flemish), two full and one quarter compartment formed by a repeating ornate architectural vault with a raised-work centerpiece. Top compartment: a male saint holding a staff and book (?). Middle compartment: Saint Barbara holding a sword and a book and standing on a broken wheel. Polychrome floss silk and metallic yarns; some worn and missing.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection