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Bed cover
  • Bed cover
    Magusdottir, Thorbjorg, born 1667 - died 1737
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Bed cover

  • Place of origin:

    Iceland (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Magusdottir, Thorbjorg, born 1667 - died 1737 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, embroidered with wool

  • Museum number:

    8-1884

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

William Morris recommended the acquisition of this cover by the Museum. It shows a traditional north European design based, he believed, on a 13th century design which showed 'the abiding influence of Byzantine Art in Iceland…'

The subject is religious; reading anti-clockwise from the top left the images represent: The Sacrifice of Isaac, Moses before Pharoah, Moses with the Tablets of the Law and Christ entering Jerusalem.

The inscriptions consist of three verses composed by the magistrate Páll Vídalín, husband of the noted Icelandic embroideress, Thorbjorg Magnusdottir (1667-1737) who made this bedcover. They were married in 1696 and according to the last two lines of the third verse the wife embroidered 'the words' according to her 'husband's instructions' indicating that at least part of the cover was worked after their marriage.

Physical description

Bed Cover, wool embroidered with wool in long-armed cross stitch with eyelets.

The subject is religious; reading anti-clockwise from the top left the images represent: The Sacrifice of Isaac, Moses before Pharoah, Moses with the Tablets of the Law and Christ entering Jerusalem.

Place of Origin

Iceland (made)

Date

ca. 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Magusdottir, Thorbjorg, born 1667 - died 1737 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, embroidered with wool

Dimensions

Length: 172.7 cm, Width: 134.6 cm

Object history note

William Morris recommended the acquisition of this cover. It shows a traditional north European design based, he believed, on a 13th century design which showed 'the abiding influence of Byzantine Art in Iceland …'

The inscriptions consist of three verses composed by the magistrate Páll Vídalín, husband of the noted Icelandic embroideress, Thorbjorg Magnusdottir [1667-1737] who made this bedcover. They were married in 1696 and according to the last two lines of the third verse the wife embroidered 'the words' according to her 'husband's instructions' indicating that at least part of the cover was worked after their marriage.

Descriptive line

Embroidered bed cover by Thorbjorg Magusdottir, made in Iceland, 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parry, Linda, ed. William Morris. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Limited, 1996. 384 p., ill. ISBN 0856674419

Materials

Wool

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidering

Subjects depicted

Ten Commandments; Sword; Knight

Categories

Embroidery; Textiles; Biblical Imagery

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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