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Embroidered Medallion

15th–16th century
Made in Greece
Silk and metal thread embroidery on a foundation of linen plain weave
Diameter: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) Storage (with 36.80.1): 8 1/4 × 14 × 1 in. (21 × 35.6 × 2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Moore, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
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'
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.

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