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Book cushion cover

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1430 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen embroidered in silk and edged with silk cord

  • Museum number:

    1324-1864

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

During the Middle Ages the church was an immensely important patron of weaving and embroidery. This particular embroidery could be part of a portable or house altar. It shows the Holy Family and scens from the life of Christ, which were common in different media during the Middle Ages, such as the presentation of Christ in the Temple. The Virgin and Child sit 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)

Date

1400-1430 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen embroidered in silk and edged with silk cord

Dimensions

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

Descriptive line

Embroidered panel, with a scene of the Virgin, Child and Saint Joseph, made on linen canvas with silk threads. The stitches cover all of hte surface of the linen. The scene depicts the Holy Family under a canopy with architectural decoration, and flanked by four angels holding flowers. St Joseph has a basket of bird and a lily in his hands.

Materials

Linen; Silk; Cord

Subjects depicted

Scrolling foliage; Canopy

Categories

Embroidery; Ecclesiastical textiles; Christianity; Books

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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