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Constantinople (?), first half of the 14th century Art Museum, Princeton
After S. Curcic and A. St. Clair, eds., Byzantium at Princeton: Byzantine Art and Archaeology at Princeton University (Princeton, N.J., 1986), fig. 167
This embroidered shroud (epitaphios) depicts Christs dead body. Christ is lying in a straight position with his arms crossed and loins covered by a rectangular cloth. The epitaphios was used in later Byzantine liturgy as a symbolic representation of Christs bier. It was venerated by the faithful in the church and then carried in procession on Holy Saturday in order to reenact the burial of Christ.
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