Fragment of a lappet from a mitre

probably German
12th–13th century

Object Place: Germany


Height x width: 40 x 8 cm (15 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, brocaded tablet woven

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragment of a lappet for a mitre. Narrow band, flaring slightly at one end; selvedges partially preserved. Brick-red warps and wefts form a ground resembling chain stitch. Gold-wrapped linen wefts define stylized patterns suggesting rows of alternating pyramids and trees, one large and four small eight-pointed stars and part of a bird. Gold almost entirely worn off; some linen wefts broken loose; frayed edges. Technique used for decoration of early medieval church vestments.


1946, Ugo Bardini (b. 1892 - d. 1965), Florence [see note 1]; March, 1946, sold by Bardini to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; November 6, 1946, sold by Loewi to Joseph Brummer (b. 1883 - d. 1947) for the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N6690); May 13, 1949, posthumous Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 530, probably sold to Di Segni (Ars Antiqua), New York; October, 1949, sold by Di Segni to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles [see note 2]; 1950, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $275. (Accession Date: January 12, 1950)

[1] This is one of two lappets that were affixed to a mitre from Lucca, Italy. The mitre was sold by Bardini to Loewi in 1946, and remained intact until 1949, when the lappets were removed. [2] Di Segni sold the two lappets to Adolph Loewi, who sold one of them to the MFA.

Credit Line

John Wheelock Eliot Fund