Made of silk fabric, gold and silver thread, gold and silk twine, as well as colored silks, this holy shroud or "epitaphios" comes from the Sachkhere, which is located in western Georgia, and dates from the 14th century CE. A donor-renovator's inscription is found on this shroud referring to King Bagrat III of Imereti (r. 1510-1565 CE). This shroud was used during Good Friday and Holy Saturday lithurgies in the Orthodox Christian Church. It symbolizes the cloth in which Joseph of Arimathea wrapped Jesus Christ with after taking him down from the cross. It always carries the image of the scene of the Byzantine "Lamentation of Christ." (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi)
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