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Embroidered cross from an Omophorion

Date:
15th–16th century
Culture:
Greek or Romanian
Medium:
Silk and metal thread embroidery on foundation of silk satin backed with cotton plain weave
Dimensions:
11 × 11 in. (27.9 × 27.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of Harry G. Friedman, 1951
Accession Number:
51.51
Not on view
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.
Inscription: In central scene: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς (Jesus Christ)
Clockwise from top: Ὁ Προφήτης Ἰώβ (The Prophet Job); Ὁ Προφήτης Ἰεζεκιήλ (The Prophet Ezekiel); Ὁ Προφήτης Σοφονίας (The Prophet Zephaniah); Ὁ Προφήτης Ὠσηέ (The Prophet Hosea).
Harry G. Friedman (until 1951; to MMA)
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