Coronation Mantle of St. Stephen


The Coronation Mantle of St. Stephen was commissoned by King Stephen and Queen Gisela of Hungary who gave the mantle to the Church of Szekesfehervar in 1031. Queen Gisela was the sister of Emperor Heinrich II. The mantle has been used for many years as the Coronation Mantle of Hungarian Kings.

The Coronation Mantle of St. Stephen

Stitches and Techniques

Design and Materials

The mantle is approx. 2.6m and 1.3m high. The mantle depicts scenes from the Life of Christ as well scenes of the Apostles and Prophets. Gold thread is couched onto blue silk twill. The inner drawings use silk thread in stem stitch. Details are in polychrome silk in chain, stem and feather stitches.

The mantle is similar to that of the Sternenmantel of Heinrich II and the Great Mantle of his wife, St. Kunigund. Since St. Stpehens' wife, Gisela was the sister of Heinrich II, it is possible the three mantles were made in the same region.


Sources for Further Information

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