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A Dossal (or dossel, dorsel, dosel), from French dos (back), is an ecclesiastical ornamented cloth suspended behind an altar.[1] Altar screen is sometimes used as a synonym for the Dossal.[2]


  1. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Dossal". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Altar Screen". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.