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  • Place of origin:

    Florence (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1425 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    brocaded velvet and embroidered linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Crimson velvet, figured with large and small flowers in gold thread and coloured silks, and other smaller flowers in green and white; with hood and orphrey embroidered in gold threads couched, and gold threads whipped round with fine silk and coloured silks in long and short stitches. The hood is figured with the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Virgin Mary amid the Apostles, grouped beneath a Gothic canopy. On the orphrey, on the right hand is St. John the Baptist; then Pope St. Gregory the Great; afterwards St. Augustine; lastly (?) St Sebastian; on the left side St. George with banner and shield; then St. Jerome, below whom, St Ambrose; and last St Onuphrius, hermit.

Place of Origin

Florence (probably, made)


1425 (made)



Materials and Techniques

brocaded velvet and embroidered linen

Descriptive line

Cope of crimson velvet, figured with large and small flowers in gold thread and coloured silks, and other smaller flowers in green and white

Labels and date

79-1864: Cope
Polychrome velvet, with pile of two heights, brocaded with gold thread, Italian; about 1425
Embroidery, silk and gold thread in split stitch and couched work on linen, Flemish or German; 1450-1500
The hood, placed in the Italian fashion below the orphrey, represents Pentecost. The orphrey shows, from left to right, SS Onuphruis, Ambrose, Jerome, George, John the Baptist, Gregory, Augustine, Sebastian.
Acquired, together with the matching chasuble exhibited in Room 27, from W.B. Spence, Florence. [2004]

Production Note

Embroidery dates between 1450-1500, possibly Flemish or German

Reason For Production: Commemorative


Velvet; Brocade; Thread; Thread; Linen



Subjects depicted



Ecclesiastical textiles; Embroidery; Religion; Ceremonial objects; Christianity; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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