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Orphrey

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1450-1499 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk embroidered with silver, silver gilt and silk

  • Museum number:

    1195-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Orphrey band of red silk embroidered with silver, silver-gilt and coloured threads.

The pattern consists of two vertical arrangements of intertwisted lily stems, the flowers dividing each compartment, forming a series of pointed oval medallions. Within each of these is an angel, each playing a musical instrument, either a lute, a pair of bells, a wooden pipe, a long horn or oliphant, a triangle, a gong, a hurdy-gurdy or a bagpipe. The faces of the angels are executed in chain stitches in parallel rows and their hair is knotting stitches in silk.

The top of the orphrey is roundedr, dipping downward, and its bottom is straight. The whole is bordered by a band of green. It is backed with coarse linen.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1450-1499 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk embroidered with silver, silver gilt and silk

Dimensions

Length: 97 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the Museum in Brussels in October 1864.

Descriptive line

embroidered, LSM, 1450-99, German; Pairs of angels

Materials

Silk; Silver

Techniques

Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Angels; Musicians; Musical instruments; Foliage; Music

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles; Christianity; Religion; Ecclesiastical textiles; Music

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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