These squares and borders of needle lace are decorations for a tallith. This is a type of prayer shawl worn by Jewish men. This type of needle lace, made in Venice, was fashionable throughout Europe. It was usually worked in linen thread. Here the lacemaker has used glossy cream silk to create a rich effect.


  • Title: Prayer shawl ornaments
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1670/1699
  • Location: Venice (city)
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 8.75 in 791-1890, Width: 8.75 in 791-1890, Height: 8.75 in 791A-1890, Width: 8.75 in 791A-1890, Height: 8.75 in 791B-1890, Width: 8.75 in 791B-1890, Length: 81 in 791C-1890, Width: 5 in 791C-1890, Length: 170 in 791D-1890, Width: 2 in 791D-1890
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow
  • Medium: Needle lace

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