The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 1, 2016

Altar Cloth, c. 1350

embroidery: linen, Overall: 154.30 x 374.50 cm (60 11/16 x 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.

various motifs enclosed in quatrefoils with identifying inscriptions in Gothic letters.

CMA Gallery 1969-1990; 6/91 (gall.216)-

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