Oct 15, 2018
Dec 8, 2009
Dec 8, 2009

Textile Fragment with the Annunciation

Textile Fragment with the Annunciation


Silk with gold thread; lampas weave

Overall: 23.2 x 47.6 cm (9 1/8 x 18 3/4 in.); Mounted: 28.6 x 53.3 cm (11 1/4 x 21 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1931.61



The motif shown here depicts the Virgin Mary and the angel Gabriel in a repeating sequence. Both figures kneel above a bed of flowers while a dove representing the Holy Ghost hovers above. The ground of this luxury silk, woven with highlights of gold thread, is now a faded blue. Its original purpose is not clear, but it may have originally been part of an altar frontal or possibly an ecclesiastical cope, or cape.

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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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