Ways to discover the collection

Textiles

Textiles adorn, envelop, and clothe. They make especially fascinating cultural goods through their special sensuality, their transience and their often close connection with the human body. In the Middle Ages, ecclesiastical robes and textile accessories for divine services were made of valuable materials such as silk and gold and silver threads and were richly decorated with ornate embroidery and woven borders. However, high-quality textile artworks such as tapestries and cushion panels were also made for bourgeois living and reception rooms.
For reasons of conservation, textiles are not included in the permanent exhibition.

 Chasuble of St. Anno, vestment fabric: silk, Byzantium, c. 1000, borders: “Kölner Borten” (Cologne Orphreys), Cologne, 15th cent., 146 x 112 cm, Inv. No. P 1, © Museum Schnütgen, Photo: Thomas Zwillinger

Chasuble of St. Anno
Byzantium, c. 1000

 Undergarment (Alb), Benedictine convent of Engelberg, Switzerland, c. 1300-1310, vestment fabric: white linen fabric, linen and silk embroidery, ornamental border: woven silk (lampas), Italy, 13th/14th cent., L. 181 cm, seam circumference 472 cm, Inv. No. P 4, © Simon Vogel, Cologne

Undergarment (Alb)
Benedictine convent of Engelberg, Switzerland, c. 1300-1310

 Cope, Venice, c. 1400-1425, silk, atlas with velvet decoration and brocaded in gold, 134 x 289 cm, Inv. No. P 201, © Museum Schnütgen, Photo: Thomas Zwillinger

Cope
Venice, c. 1400-1425

 Reliquary Bag (Bursa), Rhineland, 14th and 15th cent., linen with silk embroidery, metal-wrapped thread, 22.2 x 20.9 cm, Inv. No. P 870, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv

Reliquary Bag (Bursa)
Rhineland, 14th and 15th cent.

 Dalmatic from the Vestments from St. Andrew, vestment fabric: silk, velvet, Italy, c. 1450, borders: “Kölner Borten” (Cologne Orphreys), c. 1450, 110 x W 125 cm, Inv. No. P 389, © Museum Schnütgen, Photo: Thomas Zwillinger

Dalmatic from the Vestments from St. Andrew
c. 1450

 Cushion Panel, Cologne, c. 1450-1475, knitted fabric in wool, silk and gold-wrapped thread, 59 x 62 cm, Inv. No. P 210, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv

Cushion Panel
Cologne, c. 1450-1475

 Funerary Dalmatic, vestment fabric: silk, damask, Spain, c. 1730, borders: embroidery in silk and gold-wrapped thread, Spain, c. 1590-1600, H 135 x W 150 cm, Inv. No. P 235, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv, Photo: Thomas Zwillinger

Funerary Dalmatic
Spain, c. 1730