Object Place: Russia ?, Europe (Eastern)
74.4 x 85.5 cm (29 5/16 x 33 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk damask and moire with silk and gold and silver colored metallic thread embroidery, silk and metallic wrapped thread lace, silk moire applique, seed pearls, and silk backing
Not On View
Epitaphios, for Eastern Orthodox Church. Central panel, the descent from the cross. At Jesus’s head, the Virgin Mary, Mary Salome (?) and Mary Magdelene; at His feet, Joseph of Arimathea, John the Apostle and Nicodemus. All with intitials in their hallows. Foreground, a Russian inscription and three large urns. Background, the cross and ladder, seraphim and, overlapping into the border, God the Father with a shaft of gold, bearing a bird, traveling from his mouth downward. Damask floral border with incriptions from John XX.40-42 and a medallion in each corner bearing one of the four evangelists. Metallic outer lace probably a later addition. Polychrome silk and metallic yarns on a tan silk ground.
The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection