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Ecclesiastical stole

Ecclesiastical stole

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)
    Turkey (silk, woven)

  • Date:

    11th century-12th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ecclesiastical stoles were long narrow scarves worn around the neck by Christian clergy, they usually fell to the knee or lower. The silk for this stole was woven in Byzantium (modern Istanbul), and the stole itself, with a foliage pattern, was made in Germany.

Physical description

The stole is of incised compound twill silk with a pattern of conventional foliage.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)
Turkey (silk, woven)


11th century-12th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven silk

Object history note

From the collection of Dr Franz Bock

Descriptive line

woven silk, 1000-1199, Byzantine; Compound twill, incised, circles with trees. H.IV

Production Note

Woven in Byzantium

Subjects depicted



Ceremonial objects; Christianity; Ecclesiastical textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Middle East Section

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