Georgian Liturgical Cuff with Mary and Saints

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published on 18 December 2017

This Georgian liturgical cuff dates from 1648 CE and is called "epimanikia" in Greek. It is the liturgical vestment of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches. They are typically made of flax, silk fabric, gold and silk twine, and silk thread. This cuff depicts Mary (center), St. Nicholas (left), and St. John Chrysostom (right). One clearly notes the strong Byzantine artistic influence here. This specimen was made in Kartli, which is located in eastern Georgia. (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi)



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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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