Tapestry (cushion cover): The Annunciation

German (probably Schleswig-Holstein)
Late 17th or early 18th century

Object Place: Denmark


57 x 51 cm (22 7/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen, wool and silk tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Central scene illustrates the Annunciation. A fashionably dressed female figure representing the Virgin Mary stands left of center and raises her right hand as she gazes out at the observer. Symmetrical frame composed of convetionalized iris, tulips, roses, carnations and other blossoms passes beneath central scene and rises to form an arch above the figures. Drawing in highly conventionalized. Black ground almost entirely replaced with darning stitches. Faded and stained.


1961, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1961, sold by Blumka to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 12, 1961)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund