Embroidered Altar Plancha
c. 1700
19" x 17"
, silk embroidery w/ gold & silver thread
Region: Mexico
This small plancha was embroidered entirely by hand to be used as a devotional object. The nuns of colonial Mexico practiced embroidery in convents as an act of both devotion and meditation, creating exquisite pieces like this for sale, personal use, or to adorn churches. This piece--depicting the holy family and embroidered with gold and silver threads--was likely made to adorn an altar.