National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Ecclesiastical Vestment (front view) Ecclesiastical Vestment (front view)
Rendered by Syrena Swanson (artist), c. 1940
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
Original IAD Object: 48" long; 144" wide
Index of American Design
Not on View
From the Tour: Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the Index of American Design
Object 22 of 25

This ecclesiastical vestment was made from a Chinese embroidered, red silk shawl that was probably brought across the Pacific on a Spanish galleon to Acapulco, Mexico, and then shipped to California. Around 1890, an Indian woman at the Mission of San Buenaventura made it into a priestly garment, binding it with gold braid.

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