This medallion showing the Evangelist symbol John (an eagle), and its pair depicting Matthew, originally formed a group with two other medallions showing the symbols for Mark and Luke. Their small scale suggests that they may have been attached to a stole (epitrachelion).
Inscription: HS' IW
Mrs. Benjamin Moore(until 1936)
Tafrali, O. Le trésor byzantin et roumain du Monastère de Poutna. Paris: P. Geuthner, 1925. no. 17, 82, 107, fig. LVI.
Harris, P. S. "Notes: Two Embroidered Medallions." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 31, no. 10 (October 1936). pp. 213-214.