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Burse panel

Burse panel

  • Date:

    1310-1340 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered in silk and silver-gilt thread in split stitch and underside couching.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Robert Elliot Pannett.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Square panel, probably from a burse, depicting the Crucifixion with the Virgin and St John enclosed within a barbed quatrefoil. Figures embroidered in silk in splitch stitch against a background of underside couched silver-gilt thread. Underdrawing visible in worn areas, particularly Christ's body. All four edges are unfinished. Unlined. Tiny rusted pinholes at each corner. Colours fresh on back.


1310-1340 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered in silk and silver-gilt thread in split stitch and underside couching.


Height: 24.5 cm, Width: 25.5 cm

Object history note

The donor stated that " the embroidery had been given to him some years back by a female relative, a Quakeress, whose ancestor was a surgeon to the Cholmley family of Whitby. As they acquired the property of Whitby Abbey shortly after the Dissolution, Mr Pannett suggests that the embroidery may have originally come from the Abbey itself.”

Descriptive line

embroidered, 1300c, English; The Crucifixion

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

Christie, A.G.I. 'A New Early English Embroidery at the Victoria and Albert Museum', The Burlington Magazine, vol. 39, no. 220 (1921), pp. 8-10


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