Embroidered picture: Pieta for Greek Orthodox Church

Greek
17th century


Object Place: Europe (Eastern)

Dimensions

71 x 65 cm (27 15/16 x 25 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

43.327

Medium or Technique

Silk; satin with silk, and gold and silver colored metal thread embroidery, silk and metallic thread tassels, and linen backing

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Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Eastern Orthodox Church. The Virgin Mary seated on a sepulchur holds the body of Jesus in her arms. She is flanked by four cherubim and a pair of angels holding large candlesticks. The cross, with a greek inscription above it describing the scene, rises behind her. Border of a stylized leafy and flowering undulation vine with square compartments in each cornerbearing the symbols of the four Evangelists. Pieced outer border of ellow silk with two tassels possibly a later addition. Polychrome silk and metallic yarns on a red satin-silk ground. Many yarns missing. Outer border soiled.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection