Silk and silver thread on silk damask ground; embroidery
Overall: 213.3 x 24.8 cm (84 x 9 3/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1431
Sheaves of wheat and bunches of grapes, symbols of bread and wine in the Mass, are embroidered with silver-metal thread amid scrolling leaves on the green silk-damask ground. Liturgical colors—white, red, green, and black, purple, or blue—mandated by Pope Innocent III in the late 1100s were widely ignored by the 1700s, replaced primarily by a lavish use of gold, silver, and pastel silk thread embroidered on white silk fabrics. Long matching stoles were worn under the chasuble in styles that identified deacons, priests, and bishops.
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