Spanish dalmatic from the first half of the 16th century, circa 1540, of green cut and voided ferronnerie/ironwork silk velvet of pomegranates and artichokes within a leaf/lobed ironwork design that was so popular during the Renaissance. A dalmatic is a long wide sleeved tunic, which serves as a liturgical vestment. The apparels on the front, back, clavi (wide strips going down the front) and sleeves have reoccurring theme from this time period when most of the population was illiterate, and therefore images were important to convey ideas. Matching apparels on front and back as well as the sleeves were appliquéd with silk and couched gilt threads. Lined with later course linen and still retains a museum tag from Lyon from which this piece was more than likely originally deaccession-ed.
Since crests were design solely for one person and their achievements, crests were removed from the dalmatic when the clergy moved to another parish leaving an imprint of a crest as pictured.
Provenance: From the Collection of Sallie Casey Thayer of Kansas City. In 1917 Ms. Thayer offered her collections to the University of Kansas Museum of Art that established a wing in 1928 solely for these collections. This piece was purchased as a deaccession. A similar/identical dalmatic can be seen online through the Metropolitan Museum. (Mannequin not included)
Condition: Wear is consistent of age and something nearly 500 years old, rub to the velvet as seen in the pictures.
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