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Orphrey

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered with silks and silver gilt thread

  • Museum number:

    T.174-1963

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embroidered cross-orphrey. The orphrey is embroidered with coloured silks and silver gilt thread with the use of split and encroaching satin stitches which are of raised, laid and couched work. The figures are worked on separate pieces of linen and applied. A series of saints are under the arches, each arch being set withn a red and blue border. From top to bottom, the figures are as follows; Christ blessing the Virgin and Child; a female saint who is crowned holding a palm, St Peter holding keys, St. James the Great with a hat and staff, St Philip holding some loaves, an abbess and a male saint with a sword.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered with silks and silver gilt thread

Dimensions

Length: 42.5 in, Width: 21 in

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1963/2142

Historical context note

Bought by the Museum alongside T 174-1963 and T 182-1963 as one lot.

Descriptive line

Embroidered cross-orphrey, Germany, 1500

Materials

Silver thread; Linen; Silk thread

Techniques

Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Keys; Crown; Saint; Palm

Categories

Textiles; Ecclesiastical textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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