I’ve been somewhat short on TIME this weekend, but even if you are, too, you’ll probably find the following (brief) online exhibit of a gorgeous piece of historical ecclesiastical needlework awe-inspiring…
This cope is one of the vestments of the Order of the Golden Fleece, housed in a museum in Vienna. This particular cope is called the Mantle of the Virgin, about which I wrote a wee little bit a while back.
This vestment is worked in Or Nue – silk over gold threads. The great thing about this online “exhibit” of the Mantle of the Virgin is that you can zoom in on the various sections of the cope.
Check out the folds in the sleeve – and the pearls on the pillar! It’s really something else to be able to see these relatively upclose. Of course, I’d rather see the piece in person – but in the meantime, I suppose I’ll settle for this way of viewing the vestment!
Thanks, MC, for the link!