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Cope hood

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    1450-1499 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, silver and silk embroidery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cope hood embroidered with couched gold thread, for upper background, and long, short and basket stitching over gold threads for the foreground.

Christ is shown face-on flanked by the two thieves, who are blindfold. In the background are two smiling angels in flight bearing chalices. To the lower-right of the scene are three figures on horseback, one of whom may be a priest as he wears a headdress and a Greek(?) symbol on his chest. To the lower-left stand The Virgin Mary, St. John and Mary Magdalene, with two other mourning women. At the bottom, three soldiers quarrel over Christ's clothes. The soldiers are dressed in High German costume, as are the other two horsemen. All figures are embroidered on canvas in long and short stitches and applied to the ground.

The object has been backed with a later (18th century?) silk.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)


1450-1499 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, silver and silk embroidery


Height: 53.3 cm, Width: 51.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the Museum in 1888 for £25.

Descriptive line

embroidered linen, 1450-1499, Flemish


Silk; Silver; Gold



Subjects depicted

Capital punishment; Skulls; Angels; Soldiers; Horsemen; Mourning


Textiles; Embroidery; Clothing; Ecclesiastical textiles; Religion; Christianity


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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