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Name of Object:

Chasuble (Mass vestment for the Catholic liturgy) made of decorative velvet and silk weave

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art

Date:

Velvet: 15th century;
Silk: 2nd half of the 16th century

Type of object:

Liturgical garment of Ottoman silk textile, silk, velvet, lampas, lance

Museum Inventory Number:

T 7682

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silk; Velvet broché; Lampas broché, lancé

Period / Dynasty:

Ottoman

Provenance:

Velvet: Italy;
Silk: Ottoman Empire, Bursa

Description:

The chasuble is a pasticcio consisting of an older Italian decorative velvet and a chasuble cross of Ottoman silk. The latter silk has a pattern of large lancet ovals filled with tulips, pinks and floral scrolls, a decoration typical of Ottoman silk weaving of the time. This combination of textiles for a chasuble demonstrates that there were no reservations about using a textile from Islamic regions for the Christian liturgy on account of its impressive appearance.

Citation of this web page:

 "Chasuble (Mass vestment for the Catholic liturgy) made of decorative velvet and silk weave" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus21;42;en&id=clothing_and_costume

MWNF Working Number: AT1 42