8 June 2009
CENTRAL RUSSIA, XVII CENTURY
42.5 by 86.7 cm.
This architectural element was originally placed over the Royal Doors of a small iconostasis. In the centre, the face of Christ with a tripartite halo is imprinted on a cloth with simple and sparse ornamentation. The sides show a nearly mirrored image of Christ offering the Holy Communion to his disciples. Against lofty walls and under a canopy unusually supported by three columns with ornamented capitals, He is represented behind an altar draped in a red and gold textile. To the left, through a paten in front of Him, Christ distributes the bread, and the first to receive it is St. Peter. Opposite, a group of the Apostles are about to drink the wine contained in a gold chalice. This rare lot is rendered traditionally with saturated colours.
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