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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.

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:
149.9 x 193 cm (59 x 76 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION 1000 Stamped in black, inside lining, top of yoke. INSCRIPTION III Nь [or III N6?] Handwritten in dark purple ink, inside lining of yoke at back. INSCRIPTION [Cyrillic] 2 AR. 1 1/2 V. Stamped in gilt, inside front lining. This is a size rendered in the Old Russian system of measurement. 2 arshins and 1 1/2 velok. MARK 8533 125-r4 (r ts?) [Cyrillic] 1. felon' [Cyrillic} Written in pencil on yellow cotton tag sew to interior lining at rear hem. Probably a Soviet-era inventory number. INSCRIPTION [Cyrillic cursive] Dt Written in pale blue crayon or wax pencil on interior lining at rear hem, next to tag. This is probably a Soviet mark, because it usually appears on vestments next to Soviet inventory numbers.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"What Became of Peter's Dream?: Court Culture in the Reign of Nicholas II"