Dormition of the Theotokos

Unknown18th century

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art
Goldendale, United States

This curtain or altar cloth shows the Dormition of the Theotokos (Falling Asleep of the Mother of God), which is celebrated by the Orthodox Christian Church on August 15 (Gregorian calendar) or August 28 (Julian calendar). Mary, the Mother of God, is appears in death, surrounded by the Holy Apostles and a host of angels. Behind her stands Christ, who has received her soul in the form of an infant. According to a Greek inscription on the front of the textile, the work was embroidered by a monk whose work is consistent with what was produced by the post-Byzantine Constantinopolitan school of embroidery.


  • Title: Dormition of the Theotokos
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 18th century
  • Location: Turkey, Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: w43½ x h36½ in (complete)
  • Media: silk satin, gold and silver thread, glass beads, sequins
  • Culture: Post-Byzantine
  • Credit Line: Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels
  • Provenance: Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
  • Type: Iconostasis curtain
  • Rights: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/discover/about-maryhill-museum-of-art/press-room/images-for-publication

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