19th Century Hungarian Matyó Silk Embroidery 1

Late 19th c. Hungarian Matyó embroidered Antependium (from Latin ante- and pendēre "to hang before"), also known as a parament or hanging, or, when speaking specifically of the hanging for the altar, an altar frontal (Latin: pallium altaris). Hand embroidered silk on silk fabric foundation. In 2012 Matyó embroidery, practiced as a communal activity, was made a UNESCO Intangible Cultural World Heritage: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/decisions/7.COM/11.15 To read more about Matyó embroidery see: http://www.lmntl.com/mezokovesd.html

The Matyó settled in the Mezőkövesd area of N. E. Hungary after Turksih invasions in their original homelands. They established themselves as a distinct ethnic group in the late 1800s and are believed to be descended from bodyguards of King Matthias whose Renaissance court inspired their embroidered textiles.

The embroidery is in excellent condition with its five original hanging loops along the top. 115cm x 54cm, excluding tassels which are about 10cm long. No 3575  €395