Mantle of St. Kunigunde


The Great Mantle of St. Kunigunde (wife of Heinrich II), was made in Southern Germany in the early 11th Century. The mantle was probably given as a gift to Bamberg Cathedral by St. Kunigunde.

The Great Mantle of St. Kunigunde

Stitches and Techniques

Design and Materials

The mantle is approx. 3m wide and 1.5m high. The mantle depicts scenes from the Life of Christ as well scenes from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of Bamberg Cathedral. Gold thread is couched onto blue silk twill. The inner drawings use silk thread in stem stitch. The mantle was restored in the 16th Century and a new blue satin ground was applied.


Sources for Further Information

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