Exhibitions/ Art Object

Epigonation (Palitsa)

16th–17th century
Silk, metal thread, and pearl embroidery on a foundation of silk satin; tassels of metal thread and pearls
22 3/8 × 21 1/8 in. (56.8 × 53.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1991
Accession Number:
Not on view
Worn by a bishop over his right thigh, this vestment depicts the Holy Trinity in the guise of the three angels who visit the patriarch Abraham in Genesis 18. The Slavonic inscription in the border quotes a hymn of thanksgiving in praise of the Trinity, sung at the conclusion of Communion in the Orthodox rite.
Inscription: (¦translated¦ from the Russian:) We have seen the true light, we have received the heavenly spirit, we have found/the true Faith. We worship the invisible Trinity, for It/hath saved us. The Trinity praised in hymns/the Father and the Son, with the Holy Spirit, for this [Trinity] did the prophets and apostles, together with the martyrs, [proclaim].
[ Maury L. Bynum , Chicago, until 1991; sold to MMA ]
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