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Medieval Love — mediumaevum: The so-called “Dalmatic of...

Medieval Love — mediumaevum: The so-called “Dalmatic of...

Aer, veil embroidered with gold thread, a liturgical article used to cover sacred vessels on an altar. The Melismos, a symbolic representation of the Holy Eucharist, is portrayed on it with the Child Jesus on a paten below an asteriskos, a star-shaped frame surmounted by a cross, and flanked by adoring angels, seraphim and flowers. Second half of the 16th c. 0.60x0.68 m. (ΓΕ 9340) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Aer, veil embroidered with gold thread, a liturgical article used to cover sacred vessels on an altar. The Melismos, a symbolic representation of the Holy Eucharist, is portrayed on it with the Child Jesus on a paten below an asteriskos, a star-shaped frame surmounted by a cross, and flanked by adoring angels, seraphim and flowers. Second half of the 16th c. 0.60x0.68 m. (ΓΕ 9340) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered cuffs with a representation of the Annunciation belonging to the priest-monk Ananias. Late18th - early 19th c. H. 0.18 m. (ΓΕ 34219) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered cuffs with a representation of the Annunciation belonging to the priest-monk Ananias. Late18th - early 19th c. H. 0.18 m. (ΓΕ 34219) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

An epitaphios dated 1649 and embroidered with gold thread. A votive offering of one Ioannis Komnenos to the church of St Kyriaki at Molyvos in Mytilini. This otherwise unknown donor, probably an ancestor of the doctor and philosopher Ioannis Komnenos, bears the name of emperors who were members of an important Byzantine dynasty. 0.51x0.81 m. (ΓΕ 9341) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

An epitaphios dated 1649 and embroidered with gold thread. A votive offering of one Ioannis Komnenos to the church of St Kyriaki at Molyvos in Mytilini. This otherwise unknown donor, probably an ancestor of the doctor and philosopher Ioannis Komnenos, bears the name of emperors who were members of an important Byzantine dynasty. 0.51x0.81 m. (ΓΕ 9341) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered and inscribed epitaphios bearing a representation of the Lament, dedicated to the Church of St George at Ankara. One of the most impressive examples of Post-Byzantine art made by the renowned embroideress Despoineta in Constantinople. 1682. 1.12x1.50 m. (ΓΕ 34604) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered and inscribed epitaphios bearing a representation of the Lament, dedicated to the Church of St George at Ankara. One of the most impressive examples of Post-Byzantine art made by the renowned embroideress Despoineta in Constantinople. 1682. 1.12x1.50 m. (ΓΕ 34604) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Silver-thread embroidered antimensium bearing the representation of the Lament. The figures of wailing women are depicted beneath the double Cross of the Resurrection. Possibly from a Danubian Principality workshop. Middle of the 16th c. 0.40x0.53 m. (ΓΕ 34682) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Silver-thread embroidered antimensium bearing the representation of the Lament. The figures of wailing women are depicted beneath the double Cross of the Resurrection. Possibly from a Danubian Principality workshop. Middle of the 16th c. 0.40x0.53 m. (ΓΕ 34682) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered cuff with a depiction of the Virgin surrounded by vegetation and flowers, part of an Annunciation scene. 19th c. H. 0.19 m. (ΓΕ 9404) image and text copyright Benaki Museum

Gold-thread embroidered cuff with a depiction of the Virgin surrounded by vegetation and flowers, part of an Annunciation scene. 19th c. H. 0.19 m. (ΓΕ 9404) image and text copyright Benaki Museum