Tapestry: Christ Before Pilate and Herod, from the series THE PASSION OF CHRIST

late 15th century

Object Place: Flanders


417.2 x 901.7 cm (164.25 x 355 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and some silk wefts)

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The tapestry shows six scenes from the Passion of Christ. The iconography is based on accounts in the Gospels, with variations and additions taken from mystery plays. The scenes are: Christ before Pilate, Christ before Herod, Christ returns to Pilate, the Flagellation,and Christ crowned with thorns. Predominant colors: reds, blues, greens, purples (faded), yellows, cream, brown and black. Most of the blacks have rotted away and been replaced with dark browns. Some restorations, chiefly along bottom edge which was torn.


Collection Lord Sackville, Knole, Kent. The tapestry hung in the Chapel (Sackville-West, 1906, color Pl. opp 54.) According to family tradition, the tapestry was brought to Knole either by Archbishop Warham, between 1503 and 1532, or by his successor, Archbishop Cranmer, who built the chapel where it hung. Gift of Robert Treat Paine, 2nd, in memory of his son, Walter Cabot Paine, October 3, 1929.

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Gift of Robert Treat Paine, 2nd, in memory of his son, Walter Cabot Paine