Germany, Altenberg on the Lahn, Premonstratensian Convent, 14th century
embroidery: linen, Overall - h:154.30 w:374.50 cm (h:60 11/16 w:147 7/16 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1948.352
This cloth is an example of linen embroidery, a specialty of German nuns throughout the medieval period. Since both ground and pattern are white, the effect in this type of embroidery depends on the variety of stitches used. The overall design concerns the redemption of the world through the death and resurrection of Christ. In addition, animals, birds, and secular themes were included, as is often the case with medieval linen embroidery.