Chasuble, about 1600

Chasuble, about 1600

Silk velvet chasuble
Silk velvet: Italy or Spain, about 1600
Silk, metal thread and sequin embroidery: England, probably 1533
Museum no. 697-1902

This chasuble was recycled from a pall, a rectangular cloth that covered a coffin in funeral processions. The sombre colours related to death. The pall was made for Robert Thornton, 22nd Abbot of Jervaulx in 1510–33, and on the back are his initials.