Requires Photography

Liturgical belt

18th century

Object Place: Palestine


105.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm (41 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk gross grain ribbon with silk, and metallic thread and spangels embroidery, silk and gold-colored metallic wrapped woven trim, silver colored metal, mother-of-pearl carved and painted, and silk and cotton figure woven band backing

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Obverse, Greek inscriptions alternating with a stylized cross on a mound surrounded by sequins, embroidered in polychrome silk yarns on a red silk ground. Reverse, woven lining with a repeating star of David and paired cartouches with the Greek inscription “Holy City Jerusalem … A.D. 17 - 6.” Green cotton, yellow silk and metallic weft yarns; green, blue, red and white silk warp yarns. A carved mother of pearl medallion clasp on either end bearing the equestrian saints George and James (?).

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection