Gospels Cover

Moscow. 1681

Printed in Moscow in 1676, the Gospels were later bound with parchment and set in gold. The front cover is decorated with flowers and shoots. The figured brackets with the image of the Crucifixion and the Evangelists are executed in the technique of high embossing with enamel paints. Enamel also appears in a number of places on the high relief. The figure of Christ is made from superimposed casting and filled with enamel. The bezels contain precious stones. The niello inscription running along the edge of the cover states that the Gospels were made at the command of Tsar Theodore Alexeyevich for the Church of the Archangel Michael in 1681. The Gospels cover offers an excellent example of the work of the masters of the Moscow Armoury. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 64.

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