probably Spanish
late 15th century

Object Place: Spain


138.5 x 292 cm (54 1/2 x 114 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk; velvet

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ecceliastical Costume, Velvet and Embroidery. Embroidered orphrey beginning of 16th century. Deep pinkish-red velvet cope, woven in two heights of pile, design of closely massed, large-scale pomegranate serpentine stems and lines in the deeeper pile; orphrey of red velvet with symmetrical design of scrolling stems and small leaves embroidered with gold and silver metal threads mixed with green and yellow silk in couching stitches; edged with narrow red silk fringe; lined with red linen.


Early 1930s, acquired in Italy by Adolph Loewi, Venice and Los Angeles [see note 1]; 1948, sold by Adolph Loewi to the MFA for $2700. (Accession Date: November 18, 1948)

[1] This was owned jointly by Ercole Sestieri, and later by his ex-wife Lydia Sestieri.

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund