A RUSSIAN EMBROIDERED TAPESTRY OF ST. GEORGE

late 19th/early 20th century

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Depicting St. George triumphant over the slain dragon, above a partially legible Slavonic inscription painted in gold on a blue linen back, the whole mounted on a contemporary muslin back

Russian tapestries of this period are rare, according to several sources, and this example is particularly interesting in both its style and iconography. Apparently more derived from the historical revivalism of the Pan-Slavic movement and the Mir Iskusstva than from the tenets and practices of the Russian Orthodox church, this was probably a decorative and secular commission rather than for use in Church services or processions.