11.12 Pair of epimanikia of the Patriarch Cyril V
Skete of St Anne
17 x 28 x 18.5 cm
Workshop of Chalki (Princes Islands, Sea of Marmara)
The scene of the Annunciation is represented in the midst of a profusion of flowers and foliage sprouting from an urn, forming an oval frame around each figure and filling the entire surface of the vestment.
The richness of fine gold and silver wire, the splendour of coloured silks and the host of tiny coruscating stones are combined with exquisite skill on the red silk ground. Tiny close-set stitches worked with the art of a master create the impression of miniatures from an illuminated codex.
The choice materials and the meticulous and sophisticated execution are the hallmark of the embroidress Eusebia, who also worked the matching epigonation (no. 11.16).