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Russian Orthodox Quadriptych, circa 1700-1899

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Portable folding cast-brass altar in four panels, with ogee-arch crests; highlighted in blue and white enamel. Quadriptychs of this type were manufactured for Old Believer use, 18th-19th centuries. Inscriptions on rectos and outer-panels in Church Slavic. When the quadriptych is fully unfolded, the panels show the following iconographical program, with Old Church Slavic inscriptions.

Panel A: (1) The Annunciation. (2) The Nativity. (3) The Natvitiy of the Virgin. (4) Entrance of the Virgin into the Temple. (Ogee arch): Miraculous Icon Panel B: (1) The Meeting in the Temple. (2) Baptism of Christ. (3) Transfiguration of Christ (4) Entrance into Jerusalem. (Ogee-arch): Trinity (inscription reads "Ascended into the Heavens and sat at the right side of the Father"). Panel C: (1) Resurrection. (2) Ascension. (3) Descent of the Holy Spirit. (4) Dormition of the Virgin. (Ogee-arch): (inscription reads: "Exaltation of the honorable and life-giving Cross of the Lord"). Panel D: (1) The Tikhvin Virgin with St. Alexander and St. Cyril (2) The Vladimir Virgin St. Maxim and St. Basil. (3) Virgin of the Sign with St. Anthony and St. Leonty. (4) Smolensk Virgin with St. Anthony and St. Theodosia. (Ogee crest): Praise of the Virgin (inscription reads "Icon of praise of the most holy virgin").

Collection History


AM 2002-81


No materials were separated during 2016 processing.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in August 2016.

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Credit this material:

Russian Orthodox Quadriptych; Princeton University Library Collection of Church Slavic Manuscripts, C1526, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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