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Orarion

  • Place of origin:

    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk and metal-thread embroidery on satin, with linen lining

  • Museum number:

    T.200-1930

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embroidery in silver-gilt and silver thread and coloured silks on greenish-yellow satin in split stitch with couched work. At the middle, each within a medallion, are represented half figures of Christ (vested as a priest) in the act of blessing the Virgin and St John the Baptist. Below, in a vertical row, are the following saints, each beneath a rounded arch with leopard-head capitals (to left): Saints Basil, Athanasius, Spyridon, Gregory, Blaise; (to right): Gregory the Great, John Chrysostom, Nicholas, Cyril, and Savas. The saints are bearded (two have monastic caps) and wear an alb (sticharion), chausable (phelonion) and pall (omophorion) and carry a book. They are separated by narrow bands of floral stems. The names of the figures are in Slavonic characters. The item has a blue linen lining.

Place of Origin

Greece (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silk and metal-thread embroidery on satin, with linen lining

Dimensions

Length: 106.75 in, Width: 48.875 in

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File no. 1930/2660.

Descriptive line

Embroidered ecclesiastical vestment; Greece; 1600s.

Production Note

Described as "Slavonic" upon acquisition.

Materials

Silk thread; Silk (textile); Silver thread; Silver-gilt thread; Linen

Techniques

Satin weave; Embroidered; Plain weave

Subjects depicted

Blessing

Categories

Embroidery; Ecclesiastical textiles

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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