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Funeral of St. Alexios, Man of God
Imperial Menologion, Life of Saint Alexios Homo Dei, fol. 211r, Byzantine (Constantinople), 11th century
This illumination represents the funeral of St. Alexios, who is modestly clad in sackcloth. His funeral bier, however, is decorated with richly ornate purple cloth. Interestingly, the saint clasps a document that reveals his aristocratic origins; the emperor Honorius, who attends the funeral, reaches for the scroll. To the right, Alexioss father, a senator, rubs his beard in grief.