Textile Fragment with the Annunciation

Textile Fragment with the Annunciation

1370-1400

Silk with gold thread; lampas weave

Overall: 46.4 x 22.9 cm (18 1/4 x 9 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1931.61

Description

The motif shown here depicts the Virgin Mary
and the angel Gabriel in a repeating sequence.

Both figures are kneeling 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.

See also
Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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