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This textile is the earliest surviving Armenian vakas, a vestment derived from the Catholic amice, a piece of linen the priest wears on his neck. Embroidered under arcades is the Great Deesis with Christ in the center flanked by the Virgin and Saint John the Baptist. To the left of the Virgin is the apostle Peter, holding a key, followed by the evangelists Saints Matthew and John. To the right of Saint John the Baptist are the apostles Saints Andrew and Paul, and Saint Thaddeus, apostle to the Armenians.

Vakas, Silk thread, gold thread, silver thread, satin stitch embroidery, Armenian

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