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Epitaphios (Plashchanitsa)

third quarter 17th century
Russian, Moscow or environs
Silk and metal thread embroidery on a foundation of linen plain weave
24 1/4 × 32 in. (61.6 × 81.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Stephan Rosenak, 1946
Accession Number:
Not on view
The central scene of the Lamentation of Christ is bordered by a series of saints in roundels, with a particular focus on saints of the Moscow region, including four Metropolitans of Moscow and the important monastic leaders Sergius and Cyril. Also notable is the depiction in the left border of the sainted Tsarevich Dmitri Ivanovich, whose cult flourished following the transfer of his remains to Moscow in 1606.
Inscription: (¦trans.¦ by V. Ostoia): Annunciation panel: "The Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God." "Gabriel". "MP OY". Round medallions:
1. St. Procopius
2. St. John
3. St. Luke
4. St. Martyr Pelagia
5. St. Rev. Sergius
6. St. Philip
7. St. Mark
8. St. Alexius
9. St. Gregory
10. God Sabbaoth
11. St. John
12. St. Peter
13. St. Matthew
14. St. Jonas
15. St. Tsarevich (title, not a name)
16. St. Righteous Anna
17. St. John
18. St. Christopher
19. St. Cyril
The Entombment: On the left side of the halos: a) Mary, b) Mary, c) MP OY; on the right side: d) Nicodemus, e) Joseph, f) Our Lord's angel
Mrs. Stephan Rosenak (until 1946; to MMA)
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