COLLECTIONS / Textile

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The Museum’s Textile Collection includes about 1,000 textiles, mostly ecclesiastical, from all over Greece, the Balkans and Asia Minor, and which date from the 5th century up to the 20th.
The Coptic textiles constitute a special category of their own.  These were found in excavations of Christian tombs in Egypt and were preserved thanks to the special climatic conditions in the region.  They are mostly made of linen with scenes embroidered or woven in coloured wools.
The Byzantine and Post-Byzantine collection consists mainly of ecclesiastical artefacts, priestly vestments and liturgical cloths. Many of them are silks with embroidered decoration and are precious examples of gold-thread embroidery.
 

Gallery View
  • Part of dress with a depiction of Angel Part of dress with a depiction of Angel
    Piece of a Coptic linen tunic embroidered with the bust of an angel. Ιt was donated to the Museum by Antonis Benakis.
  • Child’s tunic Child’s tunic
    Child’s woolen tunic woven with human figures, animals and birds. From the Coptic textiles Collection. The Christians of Egyp...
  • Leather shoes Leather shoes
    Pair of leather shoes decorated with gold leaf.
  • Leather shoes
Shoes (embades)

Shoes (embades) Leather shoes Shoes (embades) Shoes (embades)
    Pair of leather shoes decorated with gold leaf.
  •    Aer Aer
    Aer (a liturgical vestment used to cover the chalice and paten) depicting the Crucifixion dated in the 17th-18th century.Coll...
  • Epitrachelion Epitrachelion
    Epitrachelion (hierarchical vestment) dated in the 16th c. Silk with gold embroidered depictions. From the Monastery of Zoodo...
  • Sakkos (liturgical cloth) Sakkos (liturgical cloth)
    The sakkos is a wide tunic in the shape of a T, with short, broad sleeves. The two parts which make up the garment are sewn t...
  • Mitre Mitre
    Gold -embroidered Mitre with a depiction of Deesis Gold embroidered Mitre (head cover of a senior member of the clergy).
  • Epigonation Epigonation
    Epigonation (part of a priest's vestments), 1689. According to the inscription, it is the work of Despoineta of Argyris, who ...
  • Epitaphios Epitaphios
    Epitaphios (liturgical vestment used during the Liturgy of the Holy and Great Saturday.From Trebizond.Excellent sample of the...
  • Belt with buckles Belt with buckles
    The belt dated in the 18th. c. was collected from Cyclades by G. Lambakis in 1904.
  • Mitre Mitre
    Mitre dated in the 17th c. depicting the Holy Trinity and Heavenly Liturgy. From a Georgian workshop (?). Collected from Cycl...
  • Epimanikon Epimanikon
    Silk epimanikon (hierarchical vestment) with painted depiction of Theotokos from the scene of Annunciation dated in the 18th ...
  • Epimanikon Epimanikon
    Silk epimanikon (hierarchical vestment) with gold embroidered depiction of archangel Gabriel from the scene of Annunciation d...
  • Epimanikon Epimanikon
    Silk epimanikon (hierarchical vestment) with gold embroidered depiction of archangel Gabriel from the scene of Annunciation d...
  • Antimension Antimension
    Liturgical vestment used a a mobile altar with a depiction of the Akra Tapeinosis and the four Evangelists dated in 1635.Coll...
  • Epigonation Epigonation
    Liturgical vestment depicting the Holy Trinity dated in the 17th c. Collected from Cyclades by G. Lambakis in 1904.
  • Depiction of Nipter Depiction of Nipter
    Silk with gold embroidered depiction of Nipter. From the Monastery of Zoodochos Pege in Andros. Collected by G. Lambakis in 1...
  • Epitrachelion Epitrachelion
    Silk epitrahelion (hierarchical vestment) with gold embroidered depictions dated in the 16th c. From the Monastery of Zoodoch...
  • Orario Orario
    Silk orarion (hierarchical vestment) with gold embroidered depictions dated in the 17th c. From the Monastery of Zoodochos Pe...
  • Omophorion Omophorion
    Silk omophorion (hierarchical vestment) with gold embroidered and velvet crosses and depictions of the Evangelists Luke and J...
  • Epitaphios Epitaphios
    The gold-embroidered Epitaphios (liturgical vestment) is coming from Constantinople and is dated in 1751. During the conserva...