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"Ecclesiastical Pendant"

Russia, Second half of the 17th Century
Silver, gold, enamel, sapphires (78.68 carats), rubies (14.40 carats), emeralds (10.90 carats)
4 7/8 x 3 1/8 in (12.4 x 7.7 cm)
From the Sacristy of the Monastery of the Savior, Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl State Museum-Preserve
Inv. No. YMZ-7885, g/u 428, DM-166

The central sapphire is carved with an icon of Christ "Painted Without Hands", representing the Mandylion, a veil miraculously imprinted with Christ's face and sent to King Abgar of Edessa in eastern Asia Minor who had asked for a picture of Him.

This icon was very popular in Russia.

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