Embroidered foot cushion allegedly of St. Anne, with bishopric manuscript certificate
- 1751 July 25
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.35 Cubic Feet (1 flat custom box (19 x 2 x 16))
Cathedral of St. Cyriacus historical note
Source: Hofmann, Paul. “Italy's Loreto Offers Vistas And a Legend.” New York Times, June 18, 1989. Accessed March 20, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/18/travel/italy-s-loreto-offers-vistas-and-a-legend.html.
McCauley, Mary Carole. “Jesus' grandmother's foot pillow, other rare artifacts on view at Peabody Library.” Baltimore Sun, September 20, 2017. Accessed March 20, 2018. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/arts/bs-fe-peabody-bibliomania-20170920-story.html.
Paul Palaiologos Tagaris biographical note
There is no information on the creator of the cushion, or signer of the certificate.
Source: Fattori, Niccolò. “The Greek Confraternity of Sant’ Anna Dei Greci in Ancona: Demographic Structure and Social Responsibilities (1524–1580).” In Early Modern Ethnic and Religious Communities in Exile, edited by Yosef Kaplan, 44-93. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.
This item is an embroidered silk cushion claimed to be placed under the foot of St. Anne with an accompanying manuscript dated July 25, 1751. The cushion is Italian in origin with a light grey ground and embroidered on one side with a floral design in gold thread.
Attached to the cushion is a printed certificate, written in Latin and embossed with the Bishop of Ancona's seal and tied with a pink ribbon. The manuscript identifies the item with the following text: "Nicolaus Mancinforte Dei, & Apostolicæ Sedis gratia Epicopus Anconæ ... Universis has literas inspecturis palam facimus, certoque testamur exiguum pulvinar ... jacuisse sub Pede Sanctæ Annæ Matris Deiparæ Virginis Mariæ Dominæ nostræ Ancona." The signature plausibly belongs to an official from Cathedral of St. Cyriacus in Ancona where the cushion was housed. Presumably such cushions would have been sold to pilgrims and visitors to Ancona Cathedral in the eighteenth century.
The cushion measures 21 x 10 x 3 cm. The manuscript measures 19.5 x 26.5 cm.
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