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Hood from a cope

16th century

Object Place: Germany


38.5 x 40 x 1.4 cm (15 3/16 x 15 3/4 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen ground with silk floss, metallic thread and spangles embroidery and raised work, leather painted, silk woven fringe, silk and metallic woven trim, and parchment backing

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Raised work. Seated Virgin Mary wearing a large cloak which flows down about her, and holding the baby Jesus. An aureole radiates from them above which two confronted cherubim support a crown. In each upper corner three small spheres and a fleur-de-lis motif. Flesh areas worked in linen with silk highlights. Hair of drawn-wire gilt and wrapped in white silk. Dress of aqua, yellow and red floss silk yearns with a painted leather collar. Cloak, aureole, background and border worked in yarns of linen wrapped with gilt animal protein. Patches of worn green silk and several gilt-metal sequins surround Mary’s feet. Red and green silk fringe. Badly worn in spots.


‘From the famous collection of Dr. Albert Figdor (?) of Vienna'

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection