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The chasuble is the main vestment worn by a priest when celebrating Mass. This example is of great historic interest as the orignal owner, the Duke of Warwick (d.1445), can be identified by the heraldic devices on the coats of arms applied to the orphreys.

Chasubles and other church vestments made of rich and fashionable materials were often used to symbolise the status of the owner or donor, as in this case, as well as to show his or her devotion to the church.

Details

  • Title: Chasuble with orphreys
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1434/1446
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 120 cm, Width: 86 cm maximum, Weight: 1.4 kg
  • Medium: Body: Crimson velvet cloth of gold of tissue Orphreys: embroidered with silver-gilt and silve rthread and coloured silks in surface couching, split stitch and satin stitch on linen

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