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Fragment of a border or an insertion

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Undyed linen fragment of a border or insertion. Serpentine design of stylised flowers; narrow band at finished edged with serpentine design. Possibly part of a border of a curtain or giraletto, flounce for the top of a bed.


A. Shuman; gift to the MFA August 8, 1907

Credit Line

Gift of Abraham Shuman

Possibly Italian, 17th–19th century


Overall: 15 x 115 cm (5 7/8 x 45 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen; plain weave embroidered with linen thread in overcast stitch (deflected element work)


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