The so-called cintola, or girdle, was a band of fabric that on special religious feasts was hung around the entire external perimeter of the cathedral of Pisa. Apart from a number of studies on the enamels that are stitched to what remains of it, only a small monograph with limited circulation has been devoted to this unparalleled object. While the extant documentation does not offer precise information about the origins or exact features of the cintola, this paper aims at contextualising its ritual display, and its allusion to the girdle that, according to medieval belief, encircled the womb of Mary the mother of God.

The ‘Cintola’ (Girdle) of Pisa Cathedral and Mary as Ecclesia

F. Dell'Acqua
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
2019-01-01

Abstract

The so-called cintola, or girdle, was a band of fabric that on special religious feasts was hung around the entire external perimeter of the cathedral of Pisa. Apart from a number of studies on the enamels that are stitched to what remains of it, only a small monograph with limited circulation has been devoted to this unparalleled object. While the extant documentation does not offer precise information about the origins or exact features of the cintola, this paper aims at contextualising its ritual display, and its allusion to the girdle that, according to medieval belief, encircled the womb of Mary the mother of God.
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