Artist/maker unknown, Spanish

Made in Italy, Europe

Early to mid- 18th century

Silk satin weave embroidered with silk, silver, and gilt thread in couched filling, split, outline, satin, long and short, padded satin, and couching stitches and French knots

Length x Width: 49 1/4 x 29 inches (125.1 x 73.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas B. Wanamaker, Jr. and Archibald G. Thomson from the Thomas B. Wanamaker Collection, 1942

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Chasubles—the outermost robes worn by priests when celebrating mass—have been in use since at least the sixth century. Ornate vestments were considered appropriate for religious ceremonies; they were often donated by wealthy individuals wishing to display their devotion. This chasuble would have been commissioned from a professional embroiderer; its back portrays the attributes of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, including (from top) the tower of David, the closed gate, the spotless mirror, a well, a fountain, and a cedar of Lebanon.