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Book cushion cover

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1430 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered in silk and edged with silk cord

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

During the Middle Ages the church was an immensely important patron of weaving and embroidery. This particular embroidery was used in the celebration of mass. It held the missal, the book which contains the prayers said by the priest. It shows the Virgin and Child seated under a canopy, with Saint Joseph bearing a basket in one hand and a lily in the other. The group is flanked by angels.

Physical description

Linen canvas embroidered with silk in plait, stem and herringbone stitches edged with woven silk cord

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1400-1430 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered in silk and edged with silk cord


Height: 34 cm unmounted, Width: 50 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm


Linen; Silk; Cord

Subjects depicted

Canopy; Scrolling foliage


Embroidery; Ecclesiastical textiles; Christianity; Books


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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