Embroidered cross from an Omophorion

Greek or Romanian

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This cross once decorated a bishop’s outer stole, or omophorion. Such crosses were often embroidered with images, as here, where Christ’s Harrowing of Hell (in Greek, Anastasis, or “Resurrection”) is shown. The scene is surrounded by images of the prophets Job, Ezekiel, Zephaniah, and Hosea, who hold scrolls representing their prophecies of the event.

Embroidered cross from an Omophorion, Silk and metal thread embroidery on foundation of silk satin backed with cotton plain weave, Greek or Romanian

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