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  • Place of origin:

    Spain (probably, designed and made)

  • Date:

    16th century (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk velvet with metallic braid and metallic embroidery.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Crimson silk velvet dalmatic with green velvet apparels embroidered in silver-gilt and silver thread and coloured silks. Some details are executed in raised work. The disposition of the panels (a large rectangular panel centre front and back on the below knee level and a smaller rectangular panel of each lower sleeve) is typical of the Spanish-style dalmatic. The rectangular apparel on the back and front show the Virgin and child and St Peter respectively within a medallion surrounded by a balanced arrangeent of floral and leafy stems. The sleeve apparels bear the cross of St Andrew and the cross of St James the Great (Santiago, patron saint of Spain) within a medallion, flanked by interlacing stems. The dalmatic is lined with pink linen.

Place of Origin

Spain (probably, designed and made)


16th century (designed and made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk velvet with metallic braid and metallic embroidery.


Length: 38 in, Width: 52 in at widest, from sleeve edge to sleeve edge, Weight: 2.18 kg

Object history note

The V&A purchased a matching dalmatic, (T.758-1919). From the Henry Wallis Collection. Bought along with a group of ecclesiastical textiles/vestments for £700.

The Revise of October 1931 describes this object as: DALMATIC. SPANISH; 16th century. ON the larger apparels: the Virgin and Child, and St Peter. On the sleeve apparels: the crosses of St Andrew and James. Velvet; the apparels, silver-gilt, silver, and silk on velvet: brick stitch, with couched work.

Descriptive line

red velvet, with green apparels embroidered in metals with images of the Virigin and Child, St Peter, the crosses of St Andrew and James the Great, Spanish, 16th century

Production Note

Attribution of place made on the grounds that in common with its partner T.758-1919 it refers to St James the Great, patron saint of Spain: here the cross of St James, on the partner the cockle shell of pilgrims.

Attribution note: Unique in that vestments were use a certain repertoire of motifs/images but are usually commissioned for a particular church or priest
Reason For Production: Commission


Silk; Silver gilt; Silver gilt; Silver thread


Embroidering; Velvet; Hand sewing

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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