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Embroidered picture of Shepherdess and piping shepherd; worked with polychrome wool in tent stitch. Some areas of ecru silk and cross-stitch and seed stitch. Pastoral landscape with figures, animals and birds. Colors very bright but wools have deteriorated to a large extent in the area of the sky.


Purchased by MFA from Mr. Charles Ratti, Jr., Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1963.

Credit Line

Special Textile Fund

Shepherdess and Piping Shepherd

American, mid-18th century

Object Place

New England, United States


43.4 x 57.5 x 3 cm (17 1/16 x 22 5/8 x 1 3/16 in.) Including frame

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Medium or Technique

Plain weave linen embroidered with silk, wool, and metal thread


Textiles and Fashion Arts