A Fourteenth Century (Possibly Papal) Antependium of Ss. Peter and Paul

With tomorrow being the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul, we cannot miss an opportunity to feature some liturgical art related to this important feast day within the Roman church.  The following antependium, dated to sometime around the year 1300, features a series of embroideries taken from the life and martyrdom of Ss. Peter and Paul and has a particularly strong connection to the Eternal City. It is thought that it may have at one time belonged within the papal treasury. 

These scenes, depicting the life of our two patron saints, are found along the bottom register (along with an image of the crucifixion) and include depictions of their respective martyrdoms and baptisms. Along the top register are found further images of Ss. Peter and Paul, as well as depictions of the Madonna and Child, angels and some of the other apostles. 

The following details will provide you with a closer look at some of the embroideries. 
St. Peter

Meeting of Christ and St. Peter along the Via Appia Antiqua

The Martyrdom of St. Peter by crucifixion

The Martyrdom of St. Paul by beheading

The stoning of St. Paul

In addition to these scenes and the aforementioned baptism of Ss. Peter and Paul, we can also find what appears to be a depiction of St. Peter raising Tabitha from the dead.

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