Stole (Epitrachelion)

18th or 19th century


Height x width: 147.3 x 17.8 cm (58 x 7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk ground patterned with silk, silk chenille, and gold metallic patterning wefts; with braid, fringe and appliques of metallic thread

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Bishop’s stole (Epitrachlion) for the Russian church. Cloth of gold and silver patterned with blue, red, burgundy and green flowers in silk and silk chenille threads, fabric embellished with gold and silk patterning wefts. Stole trimmed with gold braid and gold-metallic fring at the bottom. Round neckline with center front, seven button closure; two silk filigree buttons missing. Backed with yellow cotton.


Inherited by donor in December 1986 from Dr. and Mrs. Adolphus Sylvester Rumreich. Gift to MFA January 24, 2007. Dr. A. S. Rumreich was the physician at the United States Embassy in Moscow, Russia from 1935 to 1938. While there, he and his wife, Edna Irene Hall Rumreich, purchased various antiques at a time when church and imperial treasures were being sold by Soviet authorities.

Credit Line

Gift of Allen and Elizabeth R. Mottur