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Database No.: 75
Name of Work: Syon Cope
Country: Great Britain
Site: London: Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum
Object Type: Vestment, cope
Date: 1300 - 1320
Dimensions: h. 147.3cm, w. 294.7cm (h. 58 in., w. 116 in.)
Subject Terms:
Diagram (Christie)

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Bibliography: Morris, M., "Opus Anglicanum. The Syon Cope," Burlington Magazine, VI (1904-1905) , pp. 278-285; pls. I, II, foll. p. 278

Christie, A., "Notes on the Syon Cope," Burlington Magazine, LXI (1932) , pp. 252-258; pls. I, II

Christie, A., English Medieval Embroidery (1938), pp. 142-148 no. 75; pls. XCV-C; figs. 125-127

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Opus Anglicanum (1963), pp. 23-26

London, Victoria and Albert Museum, Medieval Treasury (1986) , pp. 190-191; fig. p. 191

O'Brien, E., "Syon Cope and Other Medieval Textiles Painted with the Needle," Needle Arts, XVIII (1987) , pp. 25, 27-28; fig. 2

Staniland, K., Embroiderers (1991), p. 21; fig. 16

Johnstone, P., High Fashion in the Church (2002), p. 40; fig. 34

Notes: Originally a cope, then a chasuble, and again a cope-- the process of alterations eliminated portions of decoration, as visible on the diagram. The orphreys and border consist of heraldic decoration from other vestments.