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Altar Cloth

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Description The "plashchnitsa" (Greek "epitaphios") is an altar cloth that was brought out for special veneration on Good Friday, the feast day of the Crucifixion. At the center, the dead Christ is depicted on an altar-like table beneath a six-winged cherub. To the left and right, two "angels of the Lord" are shown with "rhipidia," or ceremonial fans usually held by deacons during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The inscription around the border contains verses from the Good Friday service.
  • Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
  • A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Во гробѣ с плотию, во адѣ же сь д(у)шею / iако Б(о)гъ, в раи же с ра(з)боиником, / и на престолѣ был еси, Хр(и)сте, со Ѡтцем и Д(у)хом, / и всѧ исполнiaѧ Неωписанныи; [Translation] In the grave bodily, in Hades with Thy soul, though Thou art God; in Paradise with the thief; and on the Throne with the Father and the Spirit was Thou who fillest all things, O Christ the Uncircumscribable! (from the Matins of Easter Sunday).
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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17th century (Early Modern)
silk, gold, pearls
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H: 26 11/16 × W: 32 11/16 in. (67.8 × 83.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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