Peruvian Splendour: Vestments from Lima, Peru

If you think that ornate, antique vestments can only be found in the sacristies of Europe you may want to think again.  In point of fact, the new world colonies of Spain (and Portugal for that matter) provide a great deal in the way of liturgical art that one typically would associate with the countries of old Catholic Europe. This should hardly come as a surprise given the era in which these colonizations happened and the fact that they would bring their liturgical art and architecture with them. 

One of the more interesting places that often arises in this regard is Peru, most especially its capital city, Lima -- the city of the popular saint, St. Rose of Lima. Over on one of LAJ's many forums, Catholic Clerical Dress, Vestments and Vesture, one of the members of that group recently shared a number of photos of the vestments on display there -- at least some of which come from the collection of the Franciscan convent of Sao Francisco de Lima.

As you will see, the vestments come, as one would expect, from within the Spanish tradition. Aside from the classically Spanish influenced shape, they include very heavy, three dimensional embroideries comprised of both naturalistic motifs alongside other explicitly Christian symbols  While we do not have explicit information on each of the vestments, they would likely all come from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

This next set, coming in blue, is one that we have featured on here before, but these photos will provide some additional views of the set, including a look at the dalmatic. 

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