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Friday, 25 December 2009

Joy to the World

The Metropolitan Museum, New York has some 24 samplers on line in its digital collection - click here- but do extend your search to look at all embroidered items as there are some absolute wonders to behold - one of which is this crib of the Infant Jesus. A Gift of Ruth Blumka, this 15th century Brabant Crib comes from the Grand BĂ©guinage in Louvain where it was most probably used as a devotional object as in many convents of the day. The coverlet displays the family tree of Christ embroidered in silk with seed pearls.

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  1. Good Merry Christmas to you! Thanks for the link to the digital collection. I really enjoyed looking at the samplers and imagining my quilts and other needlework will survive me. Karmen (Brannock) Sunshine

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  2. what a coincidence I was born in Louvain about 5 minutes away from the Groot Begijnhof

    Gigi

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