Border

Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Geography:
Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

Date:
c. 1650-1675

Medium:
Linen needle lace

Dimensions:
51 15/16 x 3 15/16 inches (132 x 10 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1904-126

Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Owen J. Wister, 1904

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Label:
This raised needlepoint lace border could have been used to trim an alb (long robe worn by the clergy), church furnishings such as an altar frontal, or the clothes of a fashionable man or woman. Venetian needle lace at this time was characterized by curved branches connecting exotic floral and fruitlike forms such as the abstracted pomegranate seen here.