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Stole (Epitrachelion) with Scenes from the Akathist Hymn
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Stole (Epitrachelion) with Scenes from the Akathist Hymn


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Description Epitrachelia are liturgical stoles worn only by priests and bishops. This one was specially made for a metropolitan of Cyzicus in Asia Minor. Rather than with the more usual images of saints (cf. Walters 83.315), it is embroidered with illustrations of the 24 strophes of the Akathist, a hymn in praise of the Virgin Mary. The beginning of each strophe is inscribed under the respective scene.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
5/13/1952Treatmentcleaned
3/08/1985Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown] by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] + Τοῦ πανιεροτάτου κ(αὶ) λογιω/τάτου μ(ητ)ροπολίτου Κυζίκου / κυρίου Μ(ητ)ροφάνους τοῦ ἐκ Θη/βῶν τῆς Βοιωτίας κτῆ/μα ἱερὸν ἐστὶ τοῦτο / ἐν ἔτει ,αχξζ᾿;[Translation] This is a sacred possession of the most holy and most learned metropolitan of Cyzicus, Metrophanes from Thebes in Boeotia, in the year 1667.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
1667 (Early Modern)
Medium
pink silk, silk and silver thread
(Textiles)
Accession Number
83.432
Measurements
H: 61 13/16 in. (157 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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