Fragment of an altar frontal

Possibly Spanish
Late 17th–18th century


58.2 x 65.8 cm (22 15/16 x 25 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk brocade

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The ground is of red satin. The design, which is woven with white silk, consists of a medallion enclosing the monogram I. H. S., and a vase of conventional flowers. Springing from the vase at the top of the medallion are cords and tassels. On the lower edge is a border of leaves twisting around a stem. Sewed onto the bottom is a yellow silk fringe.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection