Church brocade - aer with the Communion

Type: Plastic iconographical object: Church brocade

Period: The beginning of the 14 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 42 / 56


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The material, technique and style show that it is contemporary with the shroud of Andronicus Paleologus, that from the monastery in Bachkovo, 14th century, now in the Church History and Archaeology Museum, and the shroud in the monastery in Putna in what is now Romania.


The Christ on it dominates the composition. Sitting he is bigger than the apostles who are standing in front of him. Eight lines of text can be read at the level of the canopy, in the left-hand field. The figures are embroidered all over in several colors. The blue tinge of the cupola on the bullion base stands out. The lavish edge decoration, the severe composition in which the perfect outline of the components in it dominates produce the impression of pomp and grandeur. Golden, claret, dark-blue are juxtaposed and contrasted to reinforce the impression of majesty. The depiction is a bullion embroidery on purple silk with blue cotton lining. A broad gold-embroidered band depicting a floral ornament of serpentines and palmettos runs along the rectangular veil. To the right, there is a sitting Christ under the lavishly decorated canopy with graceful columns, in three-quarter face to the apostles standing in front of him. In the foreground the canopy column is decorated with a heart-shaped ingenuous ornament. The table in front of Christ is decorated with crosses, which are inscribed in round medallions.

Iconographical technique: Bullion embroidery

Base material: Textiles

Silk, linen lining