This attractive banner features St Catherine with the wheel that miraculously broke when she was to be tortured on it, and the sword which was then her instrument of martyrdom. She also carries a palm leaf, a more general symbol of martyrdom. The image on the left shows her in closer detail. The bordering leaves, vines and fruit give the promise of renewal. Here then is another "beautiful and striking" example of embroidery design and craftsmanship in the processional banner (Tribe). This is one of the treasures in the collection of St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London NW6. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Photographs by John Salmon, with thanks to St Augustine's Church; text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit John Salmon and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.

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Tribe, Shawn. "The Genuine Art of the Processional Banner." Liturgical Arts Journal. 28 March 2019. Web. 2 May 2021.

Created 2 May 2021