Now up on the Cathedral blog: Conserving an Agnus Dei panel with the Textile Conservation Lab
“Agnus Dei” – Lamb of God – is one of the titles given to Jesus in Christian tradition. It refers to Jesus’ role as a sacrificial lamb atoning for the sins of man in Christian theology. In Christian iconography since the Middle Ages, an Agnus Dei is usually depicted holding a standard or banner with a cross. Recently, the Textile Conservation Lab had the privilege of working on a small textile panel (which belongs to the Cathedral’s very own Dean Daniel!) with polychrome embroidery whose highlight is the lamb made from metal threads fashioned to give the impression of wool fleece.
Read all about the conservation process of this panel on the Cathedral blog: https://www.stjohndivine.org/news/blog/1/posts/271/conserving-an-agnus-dei-panel