Not currently on display at the V&A

Forehead Cloth

1600-1625 (made)

A forehead cloth of linen embroidered with coloured silks in shades of green, blue, pink, red, yellow and white in detached buttonhole stitch; and silver- gilt thread in chain, plaited braid stitches and couching. The pattern consists of silver-gilt scrolling stems bearing coloured leaves, strawberries, roses, other flowers, a bird and butterflies. The cloth is embroidered around the edge with green silk in buttonhole stitch.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen, silk thread, silver-gilt thread; hand-embroidered
Brief Description
Part of a woman's forehead cloth, 1600-1625, British; linen embroidered with coloured silks and metal thread in a pattern of flowers, birds, insects (joined to T.76-1911)
Physical Description
A forehead cloth of linen embroidered with coloured silks in shades of green, blue, pink, red, yellow and white in detached buttonhole stitch; and silver- gilt thread in chain, plaited braid stitches and couching. The pattern consists of silver-gilt scrolling stems bearing coloured leaves, strawberries, roses, other flowers, a bird and butterflies. The cloth is embroidered around the edge with green silk in buttonhole stitch.
Dimensions
  • T.76 1911 and CIR c.265 1911 length: 17.6cm (approx)
  • T.76 1911 and CIR c.265 1911 width: 37.2cm (approx)
Associated Object
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.265-1911

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdJune 24, 2009
Record URL