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Opus Anglicanum (Chasuble)
late 15th century

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Name-CRT: English
Title: Opus Anglicanum (Chasuble)
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Creation Start Date: 1466
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: late 15th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Textiles-Embroideries
Materials and Techniques: Silk and metallic threads on linen; appliqué on silk velvet foundation with silk embroidery and silver-gilt shot
Dimensions: 28 3/4 x 14 3/16 in. (73 x 36 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1982.432
Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1982
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

This fragment of "opus anglicanum" ("English work," as it was called in medieval inventories) is remarkable for the richness of its design and its superb state of preservation. The decoration consists of two cherubim, each atop a wheel from which rays of light emanate; four fleurs-de-lis; and four thistles in three different designs, each motif distributed along a vertical axis. These elements, all embroidered in vibrantly colored silk and silver-gilt threads, are appliquéd onto the red velvet foundation, on which the scrolls and other designs-accented with attached minute silver-gilt rings or shot-are embroidered directly. The lay of the velvet, the vertical warp and design, and the outline of the fragment indicate that it formed the lower-right quadrant of a chasuble, worn by a priest during the celebration of Mass.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1982.432
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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