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Embroidered picture

Embroidered picture

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1600-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    embroidered in silks on linen canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Alec Tweedie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embroidered picture depicting St Mary Magdalene reading while reclining in the Garden of Golgotha, the burial place of Jesus. The background has typical motifs from English domestic embroidery of this period, including a castle and plants and animals. A cross and skull, symbols of Christ's Resurrection, appear within the scene and the border depicts the instruments of Christ's passion, including: thirty pieces of silver; dice; a torch, sword, and ear; a mailed glove; a jug for vinegar and gall; a lance, reed and sponge; an auger; the written 'accusation'; crown of thorns; hammer and pincers; scourge; cock; pillar and ladder; lantern.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1600-1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

embroidered in silks on linen canvas


Height: 40 cm, Width: 46 cm

Object history note

Descriptive line

Embroidered picture, St Mary Magdalene, English, 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Roisin Inglesby, An Unusual Embroidery of Mary Magdalene, in: V&A Online Journal, Issue No. 7 Summer 2015, ISSN 2043-667X



Silk thread


Embroidering; Embroidered




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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