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Alb apparel

Alb apparel

  • Date:

    1190-1220 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fragment of apparel. Embroidered with silver-gilt thread and coloured silks in underside couching, split stitch and stem stitch on silk in plain weave reinforced with linen in plain weave; border of silk in plain weave.


1190-1220 (made)


Height: 29 cm maximum, Width: 22.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Halberstadt Cathedral; purchased by the V&A from Canon Franz Bock, 1863.

Another fragment from the apparel is in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, museum no. T.767.

Descriptive line

embroidered, 1190-1220, English

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

Rock, Daniel, South Kensington Museum Textile Fabrics: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Church-Vestments, Dresses, Silk Stuffs, Needlework and Tapestries, forming that Section of the Museum, museum catalogue, London, South Kensington Museum (London, 1870), p. 149, no. 8226

Dreger, Moritz, Künstlerische Entwicklung der Weberei und Stickerei innerhalb des europäischen Kulturkreises von der spätantiken Zeit bis zum Beginne des XIX. Jahrhunderts: mit Ausschluss der Volkskunst (Vienna, 1904), pp. 179-80, pl. 162d

Schuette, Marie, Gestickte Bildteppiche und Decken des Mittelalters, vol. ii: Braunschweig, die Klöster Ebstorf und Isenhagen, Wernigerode, Kloster Drübeck, Halberstadt (Leipzig, 1930), p. 4

Christie, Grace, English Medieval Embroidery: A Brief Survey of English Embroidery dating from the Beginning of the Tenth Century until the End of the Fourteenth (Oxford, 1938), cat. no. 31

King, Donald, Opus Anglicanum: English Medieval Embroidery, exhibition catalogue, London, Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 1963), cat. no. 9

Browne, Clare; Davies, Glyn; Michael, M.A., English Medieval Embroidery: Opus Anglicanum, exhibition catalogue, London, Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 2016), p. 119, Cat. No. 5.






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