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March 10, 2021

Cushion of St. Remi, Coussin d'Alpais

Carolingian silk and gold embroidery made c.852 by Abbess Alpheid (Alpais), b. c.794, sister of Charles the Bald.
Inscription transcribed in 1646; some original letters differ.
Horizontal letters are captioned below. Letters with uncertain original form/identification are in parentheses.
Now on Byzantine(?) 10th-c.(?) silk twill 63.5 x 26 cm. Found in reliquary of St. Rémi 1795.
Musée Saint-Rémi, Reims


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full object in glassed frame
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full, black and white with greater contrast
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HOCOPVS*EXIGV
VM*
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M*PRAES...CL...
HINC
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NCMARX
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XALPHEIDINIVSS
IT CO
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HEIDINIVSSI
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INIVSSIT CONDE
RE SIC
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CQVE DARE
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(X)...
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...GIT (X)
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PROTVLITE
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PROTVLITETFAC
TAMQVOD...O...O
CERNISOPV
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QVAESVBH
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HONOREN(O)VO(*P)
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(*P)V(L)...(ILL)...(M)CONDIDI(TI)S
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(I)S(T)(abbreviation for VM?)(X)
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Q(VOSVSTE)NT...
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NT...C(R)...M
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Q(V)...CAP(V)T
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(X)REMIGII
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MIGIIM...(A)L...HEDIS VB
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S VB...QVE(I)VVE...R
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I(P)SIVSQVEP(R)
ECES HANCSVPE
(R)ASTRAFERAN
TX
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second O in NOVO
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silk twill
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silk twill