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Liturgical Cuff

Object Name:
Cuff
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Attributed to Armenia
Medium:
Silk and metal thread embroidery on a foundation of silk satin and cotton plain weave
Dimensions:
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm) W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.168.1
Not on view
The similar embroidered scenes on this cuff and on #10.168.2 show Christ standing at an altar as he administers the bread and wine of Communion to the assembled Apostles. Priests or bishops wore such epimanika when distributing Communion, thus imitating Christ's actions. The cuff now lacks its border, which likely contained inscriptions relating to the imagery.
[ Julius Böhler Kunsthandlung, Sternberg, Germany, until 1010; sold to MMA]
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