Ecclesiastical panel from an early C Chasuble

Ecclesiastical panel from an early C Chasuble


The word "vestment" comes from the Latin. It simply means clothing. Now, it is generally used to represent the garments that are worn by the ministers of religion in the performance of their sacred duties.

The Chasuble is a sleeveless outer garment worn by a priest at Mass. It is worn over all other vestments and is made of silk, velvet, or other rich material usually decorated with symbols. The arms are free when it is worn.  The chasuble has changed shape over the years, originally being a very full garment, shaped like a bell and almost reaching the feet.  Since then the chasuble has been shortened significantly, and more recently has become a softer flowing garment.

This panel has been taken from the central panel of a beautiful chasuble.   Stitched onto a silk background this piece features ‘laid’ gold thread embroidery and is complimented by silk embroidered flowers and buds.  Because of the quality of this panel, it would most likely have been made by a professional workshop and purchased by the church for their clergy.

This panel was thought to be early 19th C but after recently viewing a chasuble from the New Norcia collection of ecclesiastical textiles, feel that this may be an 18th C fragment.   

This panel is framed, mounted and glazed

Product code:  1117

Size:  330mm x 440mm

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