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The Mandylion, Northern Russia, early 18th century

the cloth of the Mandylion held by two angels, represented as 'Face of Christ Not Made By Hands'


62 by 72cm, 24 3/8 by 28 3/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

The depiction of 'The True Likeness of Christ, Not Made By Human Hands' is based on an old legend of King Abgar of Edessa.  The king, who was chronically ill, sent an envoy to Christ with a request to come to Edessa to heal him.  Christ was unable to grant the request, but gave the envoy a cloth with an impression of His face on it.  When the king touched the cloth he was instantly healed.  In 944, the original cloth was taken from Edessa to Constantinople; when the Crusaders looted the city in 1204, the cloth disappeared.  

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