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Altar frontal

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with applied work in silk brocade and embroidery in silver-gilt thread and coloured silks

  • Museum number:

    539-1902

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Altar frontal of cream-coloured silk satin, with an appliqué pattern in coloured silk brocade, and embroidery in silver-gilt thread and coloured silks. The super-frontal and the two vertical apparels are decorated with a large appliqué pattern of interlacing leafy scrolls of S-shaped outline, with narrow borders of similar design. The frontal itself is closely embroidered with curved devices and floral stems, and at the bottom is a scrolling border. There is a fringe of silver-gilt thread to the super-frontal, and a trimming of silver-gilt braid round the complete frontal. Linen lining, and two bands at the top.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with applied work in silk brocade and embroidery in silver-gilt thread and coloured silks

Dimensions

Width: 69 in, Depth: 36.25 in

Object history note

Purchased.

Descriptive line

Altar frontal, silk satin with applied work in silk brocade and embroidery in silver-gilt thread and coloured silks, Spain, 16th century

Materials

Silk (textile); Silver-gilt thread; Silk thread

Techniques

Satin weave; Applied work; Embroidered

Subjects depicted

Interlace; Leaf scrolls; Floral patterns

Categories

Textiles; Religion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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