ension with a depiction of Akra Tapeinosis

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Antimensia are (usually) textiles that were used in the Orthodox Christian Church as portable altars. This particular antimension is linen with a depiction of Akra Tapeinosis (Jesus Man of Sorrows). In front of the Cross is an angel supporting dead Christ in the open sarcophagus. It is a depiction that comes from the Italian Art of the 13th c. that appears in Zakynthos during 18th c. From the inscription we are informed that the Antimension dates in 1730, when archbishop of Zakythos and Kephallenia was Sophronios.