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Mitre from the Cathedral Treasure of Minden

Unknown1425 - 1430

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

This richly ornamented mitre (bishop’s liturgical head-dress) of silk damask (initially red, now faded to yellow) depicts two scenes from the life of Mary: the Annunciation on the front, and the Coronation on the back. Small seed pearls, sewn on in dense rows, form the figures. The halos, the vase holding lilies, the stars in the background and the acorns in the upper border are made of gilt silver foil. Two intertwined vines made up of seed pearls form the lower border, followed by a frieze of gilt sliver plates with twisted frames. These bear appliquéd and pearl-embroidered images of lions with griffin’s claws. The lappets are embroidered with vines bearing oak leaves and acorns.

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  • Title: Mitre from the Cathedral Treasure of Minden
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1425 - 1430
  • Stylistic point of origin: Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Rights: Photo © bpk - Photo Agency / Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz / Hans-Joachim Bartsch │ Text © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Physical Dimensions: w30.5 x h32.5 cm
  • Length of infula: 48 cm
  • ISIL no.: DE-MUS-018417
  • Provenance: Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Type: Mitre
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kunstgewerbemuseum/home.html
  • Medium: Silk damask; pearl embroidery on parchment, silk and gold embroidery; gilt silver foil; parchment stiffening; linen lining

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