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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1930.411
People
Unidentified Artist
Title
Corded pendant for an ecclesiastical vestment
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
16th-17th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Embroidered silk
Technique
Embroidery
Dimensions
151.13 x 25.4 cm (59 1/2 x 10 in.)
Provenance
Nettie G. Naumburg, New York, Bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1930.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg
Accession Year
1930
Object Number
1930.411
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Pendant consisting of embroidered panels of couched metallic yarns and outlined in red silk suspended from a braided cord with black and white chevrons. From top to bottom:
1) medallion with cartouche embroidered "SITIO" on ground of silver lamé and filé
2) knotwork with sponge and pincers (instruments of the Passion) intricately braided silver gilt filé and lamé (ground: warp-face yellow silk plain weave with supplementary filé and lamé stitched to red silk plain weave)
3) square embroidered medallion illustrating the "Kiss of Judas" (split stitch and French knots, 1 lamé, 4 filé pattern)
4) 5-rung ladder in black and white
5) Veronica's veil with painted Christ's face (couched ground with gilt lamé strip alternating with 4 filé; split stitch and painting on satin)
6) Scourge (instrument of Passion) on knotwork
7) Cock in square medallion (split stich; eye or bullion stitch)
8) Pillar in 3D (braiding over wooden core)
9) Christ's garment in a square medallion (couched gilt lamé and filé)
10) St. Peter's sword (knotwork over padding - 3D look)
11) Money bag in square medallion (sattin stitch)
12) 4 spools (?) in black and white
13) Silver basin and pitcher on left; 3 dice on right (satin and split stitch); Maltese cross flanked by knotwork motifs below
Four tassles at bottom

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