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Currently in storage

About this object

This black velvet miter, possibly belonging to a bishop, is embroidered with silver thread and embellished with green and blue stones. At the top of the miter is a painted metal medallion imitating enamel depicting God Sabaoth. The medallion is surrounded by two rows of brilliances. 1 3/4-inch embroidered velvet bands divide the mitre into quarters. Each band culminates in a crown of large brilliances under which an oval medallion is placed. These four medallions are executed in oil on metal or wood and depict Christ, John the Baptist, the Mother of God, and the Crucifixion. Unusual is the reverse position of John and the Mother of God. Each is under glass. A row of brilliances below the medallions creates a band at the bottom edge which is embroidered with silver thread in an undulating vine pattern with blue and green stones. The bottom edge is finished with silver mesh. The interior is lined with blue silk, and a drawstring could be used to secure the miter.

costume, liturgical
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Made from:
Velvet -- silk -- metal thread -- brilliances -- paste stones -- oil on metal or wood.
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Date made:
20.3 cm (8 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
auction tag Sotheby's lot no. 225/3 / 10.5.00 on hat box auction tag Sotheby's lot no. 224/2 / 10.5.00 inside mitre There was much confusion surrounding the lot numbers; this probably explains the discrepancy between these two numbers.
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2000