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Liturgical cuff (Epimanikion)

Date:
1740
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Silk, metal thread, and metal wire embroidery on a foundation of silk satin
Dimensions:
9 3/4 × 5 3/4 in. (24.8 × 14.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.235
Not on view
The Annunciation was a favored subject for epimanikia, since it lent itself to division across the pair of cuffs (see also 41.100.235). The motif of the angel Gabriel entering on a raft of clouds is borrowed from the art of Western Europe, likely via prints. The inscription in the lower margins recalls the "toil and pains" of the embroider and concludes with the Greek numerals ΑΨΜ for the year 1740.
Inscription: Above Archangel: F'; across bottom: + ?IAXEIPOC KO?/ KMOXO? IC ???CAC
George and Florence Blumenthal , New York (until 1941; to MMA)
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