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Antique Vietnamese Catholic Female Saint Figure Chasuble Authentic Ecclesiastical Garment

This vintage Vietnamese Catholic cloth chasuble features a central hand-carved female saint figure - head and hands, of wood - as well as a sacred heart with a flame coming out of the top of it. There is also a beautiful intricately woven grid as well as floral, fruit & wheat designs, in gilded metallic threads and sequins.
Its condition is rather imperfect, testament to its age and how much it was used although it is an extraordinary and rare ecclesiastical garment.
Most people associate Catholicism in Viet Nam with the French colonial period, which is very much the case. However, Jesuits from all over Europe brought Catholicism to Asia 500 years before that. The Catholic tradition in Viet Nam and all the other Catholic populations of Asia is well established. The Catholic population of Vietnam is only about 8% of the total but that is about 7 million people. During certain periods of their history Catholics have been some of the most influential people in the country. One of the largest concentrations of Catholics in Viet Nam is in the province of Nam Dinh, a short distance south of Hanoi, on the coast. Although we are unable to trace the origin of this exceptional chasuble there is a high probability that it comes from this area. 

We purchased this from a dealer in Hanoi. He most likely purchased it from dealers who are resident in the provinces. We have no way to ascertain the age of each piece but we are confident that, conservatively, it is at least 50 years old. It could very easily be much older; there is absolutely no doubt it is an authentic, vintage Vietnamese Catholic objects.

We have a full range of Vietnamese Catholic ecclesiastical material: full saint figures in all sizes, crucifixes, tabernacles, shrine enclosures, a wide range of ecclesiastical textiles. We also have Vietnamese Buddhist objects as well. Please ask us for more information.
This front of this chasuble measures 35 x 22 1/2" (89 x 57 cm); the back 24 x 20 3/4" (61 x 53 cm). The overall length is 66 1/2" (169 cm)