Chasuble of The Göss Vestments

Image: Dalmatic of the Goss Vestments

The Chasuble of the Göss Vestments

Images kindly provided by Prof Michael Greenhalgh


The chasuble makes up part of the Göss Vestments.

Materials Used

  • Linen ground
  • coloured silk thread (blue,yellow, green, rust light brown, white, red)

Stitches and Techniques

The piece is worked in a variety of stitches, including brick stitch, what appears to be a form of counted stem stitch and long-armed cross stitch.


The chasuble, like the cope, originally consisted of a semicircle, which was closed in front and embroidered. Today's much smaller form does not date back further than the sixteenth century. Back: Christ enthroned with the emblems of the four Evangelists, and below the nine angels in three rows of stilted-arch arcades. Front: Crucifixion, and beneath it eight Apostles in two rows of stilted-arch arcades, corresponding to the angels on the back.

When the chasuble was cut down, parts of it were used to patch the cope (four apostles from the front and Kunigund, beneth the semi circle arches).

The ground colours of the squares alternate between blue, red, green, yellow and violet.

The chasuble is 123cm by 73cm. Museum number T 6904/1908

Sources for Further Information

  • Schuette, Marie and Muller-Christensen, Sigrid, The Art of Embroidery, (London: Thames and Hudson, 1964)
Detail of dalmatic, showing animal

Detail of chasuble with figure

Images kindly provided by Prof Michael Greenhalgh