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Miter from the abbey church of the Benedictine monastery of Saint Peter

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Bishop's miter from the Benedictine Monastery of St. Peter in Salzburg, Austria, probably made in Germany of Near Eastern silk. Ground fabric is of cream white silk patterned with large medallion enclosing heraldic eagles, embroidered in gold metallic threads with eight-pointed stars and small...

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Until 1933, the abbey church of St. Peter, Salzburg, Austria; 1933, sold by the church of St. Peter to Adolfo Loewi, Venice [see note 1]; 1938, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $3900. (Accession Date: June 9, 1938) NOTES: [1] On the dispersal of art objects from the church of St. Peter, see Franz Wagner, "Zu den mittelalterlichen Insignien der Benediktineräbte von St. Peter in Salzburg," Alte und Moderne Kunst 27 (1982), p. 4 and Ernst Hanisch, "St. Peter in der Zwischenkriegszeit," in Der älteste Kloster im deutschen Sprachraum: St. Peter in Salzburg (exh. cat. Dommuseum, Salzburg, May 15 - October 26, 1982), p. 218.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Austrian (Salzburg), 13th century

Place of Manufacture

Near Eastern (textile)

Place of Manufacture

Germany (miter)

Object Place

Salzburg, Austria


Miter: 22.5 x 28 cm (8 7/8 x 11 in.); Lappets: 48 x 6 cm (18 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk compound weave embroidered with silk and gilt-silver metallic thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts