Embroidery: The Crucifixion

Armenian (?)


68 x 140 cm (26 3/4 x 55 1/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 1.40 x .68

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Medium or Technique

Linen and silk; embroidery

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Heavy brown linen embroidered with various shades of light blue, green, light neutral brown, yellow and cream silk. A symbolic representation of the Crucifixion. The cross rises from a mountain of rocks above a skull representing Adam, and is surmounted by a figure of the God-head: Mary and John Stand on either side. Six small angels hover about, one holding a chalice to catch the blood of Christ. A small naked figure with arms outstretched represents possibly the soul of man. The sun and moon appear above. On the transverse beams and on the two panels above, is an inscription in Armenian characters, reading, Jesus Nazareth king Jesus: Crucifixion: Forgiveness: Lord God Jesus Christ. Much worn. Said to be Armenian.


1901, gift of Eben Wright to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 4, 1901)

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Gift of Eben Wright