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Inscribed hieratic pectoral

unknown artist1736

Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization

Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization

Inscribed hieratic pectoral in the form of a diptych with a carved wooden centrepiece, in a silver-gilt frame with filigree ornamentation, green enamel and corals. The miniature scenes illustrate the Twelve Great Feasts of the Church, the Great Deisis, St Dimitrios and St George the dragon-slayer. Commissioned in 1736 by Michael Sarasitis, it was presented to the Church of St George at Argyroupolis in the Pontos. The donor’s distinguished family had control of the rich silver mines of Argyroupolis (Gumushane) during the greater part of the 18th c. H. 0.07 m. (ΓΕ 14111)

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