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Altar cloth

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1475-1499 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered with silver-gilt thread and coloured silks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Altar cloth of linen, embroidered with silver-gilt thread, and blue, green, brown and buff-coloured silks. In the middle is a square compartment containing the Agnus Dei ( Lamb of God), outlined by a band of flowering plants separating the letters of the word 'HANGNUS DEI' in Gothic characters. In each corner is one of the following letters 'I E S U', and round the edge is a broad, geometrical border of leafy stems and rosettes within lozenges.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1475-1499 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered with silver-gilt thread and coloured silks

Marks and inscriptions

HANGNUS DEI' in Gothic characters

'I E S U' in each corner


Length: 26 in, Width: 23.5 in

Descriptive line

Altar cloth, linen embroidered with silver-gilt thread and coloured silks, Germany, 1475-99.


Linen (material); Silk thread; Silver-gilt thread


Embroidered; Woven

Subjects depicted

Geometric patterns; Lozenges


Ecclesiastical textiles; Religion; Christianity


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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