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Church Embroidery
11.13 Epigonation with the Anastasis
15th c.
Dionysiou Monastery
33 x 31.2 cm


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The scene is set on the diagonal and slightly inclined to the right. Christ, holding the Cross in one hand, extends the other to Adam, who is kneeling in front of his sarcophagus; Eve, standing, and three other figures are behind him. On the other side are the prophet-kings David and Solomon, and St John the Baptist. Christ tramples upon the personification of Hades, while two angels above open the gates of Heaven. The vestment is bordered by an undulating braid, in the curves of which nestle birds. The monogram 'CΙΜΩΝ ΙΕΡΟΜΟΝΑΧΟC' (Simon, hieromonk) appears twice, occupying the four corners of the vestment. The embroidery covers the entire surface, the ground worked in fine gold wire, the garments in gold wire and red silk, Christ's aureola in green, the faces in grey. The technique and the ornament are typical of fifteenth/sixteenth-century work.

Bibliography: Millet 1947, p. 66, pl. CXXXIII.

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