Communion cover from New North Church

18th century

Object Place: Germany


Overall: 330.2 x 177.8 cm (130 x 70 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen damask

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Natural linen damask communion cover with four scenes from the Passion of Christ: The Agony in the Garden, the Flagellation, the Crucifixion, and Resurrection; beneath each scene is a verse from the Bible written in German; lambs with foliate scrolls along the side borders; inscribed in the center “Presented by Deacon Joseph Kettell to the New North Church, 1812”


Deacon Joseph Kettell before 1812; Presented to the New North Church, Boston in 1812; Deacon Robert Lash; Misses Lash; given to Reverend E.G. Porter; Donated to The Bostonian Society, 1885; Loaned to the MFA, 1972; Gift to the MFA, June 22, 2005

Credit Line

Gift of the Bostonian Society