Cope (ecclesiastical vestment) - ROM2018_16561_13


Cope (ecclesiastical vestment)

Medium:Chintz: cotton tabby, painted mordants, resist, and dyes, lined with European and Indian printed cottons
Geography: Coastal southeast India, for use in an Armenian church
Date: 1789
149 x 292 cm
Object number: 934.4.37
Credit Line: Harry Wearne Collection, Gift of Mrs. Harry Wearne
Not on view

The great talent of Indian artisans to design for small niche markets is seen in works made for Armenia and its diaspora. This chintz cope, stamped with a date of 1789, made for an Armenian priest features angels, a Christian cross, and a dedicatory inscription: In memory of Gregory Ghalandaeian (?) and his parents Agapia and Martha. Armenian merchants played important roles in trading and spreading knowledge of Indian chintz. From medieval times they traded great quantities to Iran, Turkey, the Middle East, and China. In the 1600s, they brokered sales to newly-arrived European traders and were invited to France to teach cotton printing.

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