One face of a cushion cover

Greek (Crete)
18th or 19th century

Object Place: Crete


Overall: 49.5 x 38.1cm (19 1/2 x 15in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and cotton plain weave, embroidered with silk

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



One face of a cushion cover, probably made from a larger piece cut down. Worked in satin stitch with blue silk yarns on probably a linen and cotton ground. Scrolling floral design includes birds, double-headed eagle, insects, and double-tailed mermaid whose fish tails merge with carnations; scrollwork border along one edge.


Priscilla Capps Hill, Princeton, NJ; 1971, gift of Mrs. Hill to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1971)

Credit Line

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Hill