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Altar cloth (with lace, embroidered, and date) made of cloth (cotton), thread (silk), lace.
A piece of fine unbleached cotton is completely covered with embroidery depicting a jumble of objects. The relationship between the size of these bears no relationship to reality: vases are larger than a church; insects and flowers larger than animals. Letters and a clock face float freely amongst the objects.
Motifs are outlined in chain stitch, and filled in with satin stitches. The colour changes within the form making a series of wide stripes alternating strong shades of pink/ mauve/gold/ turquoise silk floss, and a judicious use of black.
Length: 93 centimetres
Width: 86 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- There are 18 embroidered altar cloths thought to have come from Quezaltenango. Some are delicately embroidered with birds and flowers, but this one is a more robust example.
- Not on display
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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