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The fabric is made up of three color gold-wrapped threads with major forms outlined in crimson red. The dominant theme is an image of a double-winged, double-headed, single-crowned eagle with a scepter carried in its upraised, proper right talon. The proper left talon is held down and is empty. Unlike the imperial eagle, this bird is not armed, i.e. does not have an open beak with tongue stuck out. Large, generalized sprays of leaves and vaguely floral forms frame the eagles. The yoke is set off by an ornately patterned band in gold-colored cloth that also appears on the cuffs and around the hem of the vestment. On the front, the same floral leaf and spray pattern that appears on the fabric is repeated in a three-dimensional manner of twisted, gold-wire sewn down to the yellow-silk background and set off with crimson thread. On the rear, is a prominent crown with ten 'jewels' bearing a cross. Couched stitches have been manipulated to create the appearance of a sunburst behind the crown. Below this is applied a prominent Latin cross with five 'rays' between each arm. The rays are ornamented with gold or gilt sequins and disks. Ball-shaped, silver gilt buttons are sewn at the neck and under the left and right arms to close garment.

costume, liturgical
Object name:
Made from:
Silk -- linen -- gold-wrapped thread -- silver-wrapped thread -- silver-gilt (spangles and buttons)
Made in:
Moscow, Russia
Date made:
154.9 x 156.2 cm (61 x 61 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
inscription III N 3 Handwritten in purple ink, inside lining, at neck. label [Cyrillic] 2 Ar. 3 1/2 V. Stamped in gilt on label on inside lining at neck. Most likely is a measurement: 2 arshins, 3.5 vershki. 2 ar. is 56 inches and 3.5 vershki is about 6 inches. Together they are about 62 inches. tag 8536 Gn" [Cyrillic script] Written in black ink on yellow fabric tag. The tag is sewn onto inside back lining. inscription 8536 Written in purple ink on inside front lining. inscription Dt [Cyrillic script] Written in waxy blue crayon on inside front lining. mark [Cyrillic] I Ts Stamped on ring of button at neck, pr. left and pr. right. The initials are not entirely clear and may be I. Shch. mark 84 [illegible city mark] Stamped on ring of button at neck, pr. left and pr. right.
Credit line:
Gift of Dina Merrill Robertson, 1977