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Greek cushion cover embroidered with male figures

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An image of Embroidery / Cushion Cover. Unknown Maker. Linen cushion cover embroidered with polychrome silks in darning, back and satin stitch. The male figures, whether part of the three dominant rows or as smaller scale motifs at each end, carry large candles, flowers, ewers, muskets or swords and possibly a mandolin. There are two distinct dress styles, long coat and breeches or short coat and baggy breeches; heads are variously covered with long caps, turbans or hats. Length 43.5 cm, width 36.5 cm, circa 1701-1801. Skyros, Northern Sporades, Greece.

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Embroidery / Cushion Cover. Unknown Maker. Linen cushion cover embroidered with polychrome silks in darning, back and satin stitch. The male figures, whether part of the three dominant rows or as smaller scale motifs at each end, carry large candles, flowers, ewers, muskets or swords and possibly a mandolin. There are two distinct dress styles, long coat and breeches or short coat and baggy breeches; heads are variously covered with long caps, turbans or hats. Length 43.5 cm, width 36.5 cm, circa 1701-1801. Skyros, Northern Sporades, Greece.

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  • Accession Number: T.33-1949
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1024 pixels
  • Image width: 899 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 1.13MB
  • Exposure time: 1/19
  • ISO Speed: 50
  • Captured: 2012:08:30 16:07:30

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18th Century back stitch breeches candles caps coat costume cushion cover dress embroidered embroidery ewer fashion Fitz_AA Greek hats linen male musket polychrome satin stitch silk stitches stitching swords textile turban weaving

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