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Gloves (Italy)

This is a Gloves. It is dated 18th century and we acquired it in 1962. Its medium is silk, metallic yarns, spangles and its technique is knitted, sewn, and embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Gloves are one of the only items of liturgical apparel not derived from Greek antecedents. They probably came into wide use in the 16th century, when Spain became a center for silk knitting. Almost all of the surviving examples in museum collections are of knitted silk, and many are ornamented on the back of the hand with a knitted or embroidered IHS monogram in gold.
Liturgical gloves are permitted to be worn by the Pope, Archbishops, and Cardinals on special feast days or for processions. The use of the color red may refer to rank, red indicating a cardinal, or to the feast day on which the gloves were worn. The liturgical color calendar was established in 1570 under Pious V, and dictated that white be worn for the celebration of mass during the Christmas and Easter seasons, violet for Advent and Lent, and red for Pentacost and Martyr’s days as a symbol of suffering.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Gloves for a feast.

This object was bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf (American, 1887–1961). It is credited Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf.

  • Cap (Spain)
  • silk.
  • Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf.
  • 1951-105-35
  • Raven Rattle (USA)
  • carved and painted wood.
  • Collected by Rev. Sheldon Jackson, 1877–94, Department of Anthropology,....
  • 15.2012.30

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Its dimensions are

H x W (each): 26 x 14 cm (10 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Gloves (Italy); silk, metallic yarns, spangles; H x W (each): 26 x 14 cm (10 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Bequest of Richard Cranch Greenleaf in memory of his mother, Adeline Emma Greenleaf; 1962-55-19-a,b

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