Cope Hood (Italy), 16th century
This is a Cope hood. It is dated 16th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is silk and metallic embroidery on linen foundation and its technique is embroidered in couching stitches in silk and metallic yarns on plain weave foundation. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.
Since medieval times, the cope hood has been non-functional, seemingly maintained as part of liturgical vestments simply as another surface to adorn in splendor. Embroidery for costly vestments such as these would have been designed by a professional designer, most likely a painter, working in collaboration with professional guild embroiderers whose repertoire of stitches, including underside couching and or nué, were perfectly suited to interpreting painterly effects of perspective, dimensionality, and shading.
This object was
John Pierpont Morgan.
It is credited
Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 53 x 46 cm (20 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Cope Hood (Italy), 16th century; Previously owned by Stanislas Baron ; silk and metallic embroidery on linen foundation; H x W: 53 x 46 cm (20 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-909
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Hewitt Sisters Collect.