Cope, about 1330-1350

Cope, about 1330-1350

Cope
Silk velvet
Italy or Spain
About 1330–50
Museum no. T.36-1955

The scenes on the back of this cope show the life of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by apostales and saints. The lavish embroidery made it fit for a high-ranking clergyman. The pearl, glass and metal details would have sparkled in the candlelight of the church or in a sunlit procession.