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Planet with stole, handpiece and chalice cover

Archconfraternity M. SS. of the Rosary  -  Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace



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Planet with stole, handpiece and chalice cover - (Calabria)

  • Archconfraternity of the SS. Rosary

    Foundation year: 1401

    City: Catanzaro

    Archdiocese: Catanzaro-Squillace

    Artistic artefact (canvas, fresco, statue, etc.): Celestial-ivory planet in ermosino silk, moiré background

    Title: Planet with stole, handpiece and chalice cover

    Dimensions: 105 x 60 cm; the kit includes: stole 103 cm,  handpiece 80 cm and cover 56x51 cm

    Year of execution: XVIII century.

    Author (with year of birth and death): Unknown

    Brief description of the work and of the author's profile: The very light celestial-ivory planet is in ermosino silk with moiré bottom and coeval lining, also in satin and in a light blue color. The chevron is formed by the very original light blue and ivory bows trimming that runs through all the construction margins of the various parts of the planet. It was the decoration of the female dress of the lady from Catanzaro who, with part of the fabric, formed the sacred vestment obtained precisely from the so-called canduscia, the ancient train. Female clothes no longer used this element in the 19th century, from which, with its removal and collection, various priestly vestments were made by the nuns of the city convents. Thanks to this reuse, the conservation of textile products in Catanzaro silk has been implemented. The design is characterized by ribbons with curved and sinuosidal shapes with ivory shoots and foliage that run along the length of the fabric. Among the forms there are bouquets of flowers that recall the love for the presence of the rose, the peony, and forget-me-not. In addition, the carnation is also depicted.

    Compiled by the Attorney Prof. Sandro Scumaci

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