This piece is in pieces. Originally a cushion, the front and back have been separated and are displayed as separate items. The front shows a biblical scene in long-armed cross-stitch, while the back is decorated with the brick-stitch pattern shown. For completeness sake I will provide details on both pieces. In addition, there is a very similar piece preserved at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in the Kulturforum in Berlin. See for details. Another, similar design can be seen in Pattern Y-023

Description: "Altar cushion, German, late 14th century. Colored silks on linen"
Origin: Germany
Period: 14th-15th century
Current location: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Museum number (front): 1324-1864
Object number (front): O84955
Museum number (back): 1324A-1864
Object number (back): O318615

Current Museum page:

Current Museum Raw Record:

Original catalog description:
"Cushion Cover (upon which was laid the missal at the altar during celebration of the mass), of canvas embroidered with coloured silks in cross-stitch, and figured with a twisted column canopy, beneath which is the Virgin seated and child, with standing figure of St. Joseph bearing a basket in one hand and a lily in the other. This central group is flanked on each side by two angels. The back (No. 1324a) of similar work is figured with a diaper pattern of repeated octagonal panels containing two birds with tree between them and a symmetrically-arranged flowering plant. German. Late 13th centy. 19 in. by 13 in." (Cole: 315)

Personal Observations:

Fabric count: 28 Count fabric (Based on personal observation)

Colors noted (Matched under natural light to a DMC sample card):
    White Silk (DMC 746 )
    Green Silk (DMC 320)
    Red Silk (DMC 304)
    Brown Silk (badly faded)

Cole, Alan S. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Collections of Tapestry and Embroidery in the South Kensington Museum. London: Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode for H.M. Stationery Off., 1888.{}