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The Chasuble of Thomas Becket

A Biography

Avioam Shalem M.Ali de-Unzaga



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01 January 2018
The so-called chasuble of Thomas Becket (1118-1170) is one of the most magnificent medieval textiles in the Mediterranean region. Richly decorated with ornaments, fabulous animals and figures in lavish gold embroidery with Arabic inscriptions, this precious liturgical garment provides impressive proof of the reutilisation of the Islamic arts in the Christian world. Venerated as a relic of St Thomas of Canterbury, the chasuble was produced in Spanish-Muslim workshops and probably reached Italy as a donation to the Cathedral of Fermo in about 1200. Despite its outstanding artistic quality and fascinating history, this magnificent garment has never hitherto been the subject of a detailed study. Richly illustrated with numerous details, this volume investigates the meaning of the inscriptions and motifs, examines manufacturing techniques and the function of the chasuble, traces its biography and places it within the historical context of the political, economic and cultural situation in the Mediterranean region.
By:   M.Ali de-Unzaga
Edited by:   Avioam Shalem
Imprint:   Hirmer
Country of Publication:   Germany
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 300mm, 
Weight:   2.050kg
ISBN:   9783777425191
ISBN 10:   3777425192
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Avinoam Shalem is the Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam. He is the author or editor of ten books, including, most recently, The Image of Muhammad Between Ideal and Ideology: A Scholarly Investigation.

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