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Ecclesiastical Cloth

Made by: Unknown

Currently in storage

About this object

Cloth is composed a seventeenth-century seed pearl embroidery in the center surrounded by eighteenth-century figured silk. The central section is deep red velvet panel measuring 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches. A tall inscription rendered in a raised seed pearl embroidery surrounds an equal-armed cross ornamented with paste stones in gilt metal mounts. The edges of the central panel is edged in band of half-circles in stumpwork of gold-wrapped silk thread. The background is made of a figured silk with sprays of flowers in red, green, and blue divided by a meandering pattern in white silk and gold-wrapped silk threads outlined in a deep brown silk. (The colors have largely faded.) This is edged with an inch-wide band of woven lace made from fine gold-wrapped beige silk threads. The entire piece is edged with gold fringe made of gold-wrapped yellow silk thread that has retained its color. Sewn to the back is a linen printed with a red and tan abstract floral pattern.

Object name:
Ecclesiastical Cloth
Made from:
Silk -- linen -- velvet -- cotton -- gold- and silver-wrapped threads -- seed pearls -- paste stones -- gilt metal mounts
Made in:
Date made:
overall __19.75 IN __19.75 IN __ __ __ __ __Measurements confirmed 4-13-00 (fringe included)
overall __50.16 CM __50.16 CM __ __ __ __ __Measurements confirmed 4-13-00 (fringe included)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
inscription __[Cyrillic] STYI BZhE STYI KREPKII STYI BEZSMERTNYI POMILUI NAS" __Embroidered in silk and seed pearls around edge of center. __Trans: "Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, Have Mercy on Us." This hymn to the Holy Trinity is an essential part of the Liturgy and appears in various sections of the Liturgy and other services. || __paper tag attached to back; cloth tag 7060, 1456
Credit line:
Gift of Dina Merrill Robertson, 1977