Russian gilded silver paten (diskos), circa 1700. The border with three cartouches inscribed in vyaz script: Se agnets Bozhii, vzemlyali grekhi vsego mira (Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world). The center with the Christ Child represented cradled in a chalice with the Holy Spirit descending from the Lord Sabaoth above, flanked with standing angels holding liturgical fans (ripidy). The sides of the heavy, six-sided foot gilded and engraved; the Evangelist Matthew is flanked by panels with seraphim and cherubim, the remaining three panels engraved with symbols of the Evangelists: Mark is represented as a winged lion, Luke as a winged bull, and John as a winged eagle. Apparently unmarked. Weight: 527 grams. Dia. 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm). H. 3 in. (7.6 cm).
For a 1697 paten with symbols of the Evangelists together with seraphim and cherubim on the foot in the Kremlin Museum’s collection of liturgical silver, see Russkoe serebro XIV-nachala XX veka iz fondov Gosudarstvennykh muzeev Moskovoskogo Kremlia. Russian Silver of the Fourteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries from the Moscow Kremlin Reserves, Moscow, 1984, no. 30, pages 42, 216 and 217.
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