Jul 21, 2005

Apparel from a Dalmatic

Apparel from a Dalmatic

early 1500s

Part of a set. See all set records

Silk, gold and silver thread; embroidery

Overall: 41.9 x 54.6 cm (16 1/2 x 21 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Robertson 1977.169.b



This lavishly enriched embroidery, known as an
apparel, is part of a set that originally embellished a dalmatic, an ecclesiastical garment, one on the
front above the hem and another on the back. Gold and silver thread form the striking strapwork,
or interlaced scrolls, of blossoms and leaves. The
variety of stitches would have made the embroidery sparkle in low light levels, such as in a candlelit
church. Some are worked in straight lines, others in curved contours, while still others create more
textured basket-weave effects.

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