Unknown16th–18th century

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Horizontal band with figures in fine undyed linen cloth covered with embroidered dots, reserved on ground of crimson silk long-legged cross-stitch. Guard borders with sprigs, birds, animals, on four sides of each panel. Deeply scalloped crimson silk needle-lace edging on three sides. The band consists of four joined horizontal panels, and depicts four scenes which are labeled across top: creation of the universe (QUADO CHE IDIO CREO IL MONDO); creation of Adam and Eve (ADAM. ADAM ET EVA); the temptation and flight from Eden (ADAM ET EVA SONO SCACIAI D PARAD); Cain and Abel; the children of earth work (QUANO LA TERA CAIN EVEL SACRIFICANDO).

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  • Title: Band
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 16th–18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w240 x d1720 cm
  • Dimensions: H x W: 24.1 x 172.1 cm (9 1/2 x 67 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Band
  • Rights: Gift of Richard C. Greenleaf
  • Medium: Medium: silk, linen Technique: embroidery on plain weave; needle lace


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