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Chasuble (Mass vestment for the Catholic liturgy) made of decorative velvet and silk weave
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Velvet: 15th century;
Silk: 2nd half of the 16th century
Silk; Velvet broché; Lampas broché, lancé
Velvet: Italy;Silk: Ottoman Empire, Bursa
The chasuble is a pasticcio consisting of an older Italian decorative velvet and a chasuble cross of Ottoman silk. The latter silk has a pattern of large lancet ovals filled with tulips, pinks and floral scrolls, a decoration typical of Ottoman silk weaving of the time. This combination of textiles for a chasuble demonstrates that there were no reservations about using a textile from Islamic regions for the Christian liturgy on account of its impressive appearance.
"Chasuble (Mass vestment for the Catholic liturgy) made of decorative velvet and silk weave" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus21;42;en
MWNF Working Number: AT1 42