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opus anglicanum

/ˈəʊpəs æŋɡlɪˈkɑːnəm/
fine embroidery, esp of church vestments, produced in England c.1200–c.1350; characterized by the rich materials used, esp silver gilt thread
Word Origin
Latin: English work
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  • These are some of the characteristics of the opus anglicanum.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • The term “opus anglicanum” is first recorded in the thirteenth century, and is supposed simply to mean “English work.”

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • For further notice of the “opus anglicanum,” see chapter (ante) on ecclesiastical embroideries.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Much of the embroidery is raised, and wrought in the stitch known as opus anglicanum.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh

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