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baluster

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture — Art.

A short pillar or post supporting a rail or coping and forming part of a balustrade. Alternatively, a ceramic or glass vase or vessel, of elongated pear shape, derived from the...

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balustrade

Overview page. Subjects: Architecture.

1 Row of balusters supporting a hand-rail of a stair.

2 Series of balusters between pedestals, plinths, and copings or cornices, forming a type of parapet.

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Eucharistic vestments

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

In the W. the traditional vestments of the celebrant of the Eucharist are the alb, amice, chasuble, girdle, maniple, and stole. They derive from the secular clothing of Roman citizens in...

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opus anglicanum

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

English embroidery of the Middle Ages, it reached the zenith of its achievement in the 13th and 14th centuries, coinciding with the Decorated style in architecture and East Anglian...

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orphrey

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

An ornamental stripe or border, especially one on an ecclesiastical vestment such as a chasuble. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from a medieval Latin alteration...

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phelonion

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Gk. φελόνιον).

The E. form of the chasuble. In shape it is somewhat like the W. Gothic vestment, but is gathered up in front instead of at the sides, so that when in use it looks...

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pluvial

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

(Lat. pluviale).

An alternative name for the cope, probably from its having been originally a rain-cloak. In its English form the word is now almost obsolete.

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Vestiarian Controversy

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

“Vestiarian” relates to the priestly vestments worn by the officiating clergy at the Christian mysteries, and especially to the eucharistic cope and chasuble. More broadly, the Elizabethan...

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vestments

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The distinctive dress worn by the clergy when performing the services of the Church. It originated in the ordinary clothes of the world of antiquity and developed into a specifically...

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