Monday, 16 April 2007

Mitre of Pope Paul VI

This is a picture of Pope Paul during his visit to Sydney Australia in November, 1970. He is wearing one of several identical mitres which were designed for him, ornamented with embroideries of the Four Evangelists. These mitres were made for Pope Paul by a Milanese firm. The mitre is remarkable for its couched gold thread, running in parallel circles (you can see this in the photograph). The highest workmanship is evident in these mitres and they are of good proportion. Pope Paul left his mitre in Sydney after his visit, and thus have I been able to examine the one pictured in close detail.