Secondary red warps combine with white, yellow and blue pattern-wefts and minium paper and gold leaf brocaded wefts in a diagonal weave (dir Z). The selvedge ends in 16 white tassels attached to the pattern-wefts in a taffeta weave.
As far as the pattern is concerned, two floral frames enclose a number of lotus shoots on which two birds are resting opposite a two-headed eagle and a heart pierced with arrows, the symbols of the Augustinian order. Permission to use the two-headed eagle – the symbol of Hapsburg – was granted by Spanish Austrians to the church of the Holy Child of Cebu in Manila in 1565. Many textiles bearing this emblem were commissioned by the Augustinian order and manufactured in Canton and Fukien in China from where they were taken by sea to Acapulco for use in monasteries in Latin America and Seville and for exportation to Europe.


  • Title: Textile for liturgical upholstery
  • Date Created: 1500/1800
  • Location Created: Possibly China
  • Physical Dimensions: 45 cm x 26,5
  • Type: Textile
  • Medium: Silk and gold

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