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Cover or altar frontal fragment

18th century

Object Place: Portugal


98 x 79.8 cm (38 9/16 x 31 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk and gilt metal thread embroidered on linen ground, silk ribbon trim, and cotton backing

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



A monstrance topped by a crucifix. Central feature the Paschal lamb encircled by an aureole with alternating flaming terminals plus six birds; flanked two confronted angels. Three cherubim at the base. The whole surrounded by dense floral volutes. Added borders on three edges on a scallop motif. Outer border of stylized flowers and leafy branches on two sides. Polychrome floss silk yarns (metallic yarns on outer border only) on a cotton ground. Condition fair; some stains and repairs.


1944, gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 15, 1944)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection