Detail of a Holy Shroud from Georgia

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 18 December 2017

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)



About the Author

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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