Chasuble

Chasuble

1700s

Embroidery; silk and metallic threads

Overall: 114.6 x 70.5 cm (45 1/8 x 27 3/4 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1453

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A beautiful design emanates from a vase in the center of this chasuble, displaying symmetrical flora that extend across embroidered gold braids into graceful curvilinear cartouches, reflecting contemporary architectural decoration. Also in the center, sheaves of wheat and grapes represent the bread and wine of the Mass. Gold sequins within thread-outlined squares illustrate fine quality workmanship.

The decoration of the stole and chalice veil is similar to the chasuble, also on moiré (watered) silk fabric. The stole, an insignia of the office of deacons and priests, is worn under a chasuble, and the chalice veil—bearing the monogram of Jesus Christ, ihs, in the center—covers the chalice and paten (the plate holding the Eucharistic bread).

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