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Spectacular Russian Orthodox Silver Church Liturgical Tabernacle

Ca. 1910 exceptional, large, and opulent liturgical tabernacle made of gilt silver and cloisonné enamel by a famous Moscow silversmith Dmitry Shelaputin. The tabernacle is made in a shape of an Orthodox church with an onion dome and four turrets surmounted by enameled crosses.  The front doors are engraved with an image of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary. The side panels depict Christ as a Prisoner, Prayer of the Cup (the Agony in the Garden), and Christ in Majesty. 

The tabernacle is fully hallmarked throughout and is preserved in superb original condition. 

In the Orthodox Christian tradition, a liturgical tabernacle is an ornate cabinet used to hold the reserved sacrament, which is the consecrated bread and wine used in the Eucharist or Holy Communion. The tabernacle is typically made of precious metals such as gold or silver and adorned with intricate designs, including religious symbols and images of saints. It is usually located on the altar and is used to store the consecrated elements when they are not being used in a worship service. Every year on Holy Thursday, the priest consumes whatever is left of the reserve sacrament and places some of the sacrament left over from the Holy Thursday Divine Liturgy into the tabernacle. The presence of Christ in the tabernacle is always indicated by a vigil lamp, burning perpetually. The tabernacle is considered a sacred vessel, and its use is guided by strict liturgical rules and customs.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 01-RSVK-7
  • Size: 21 1/2 inches (56 cm) tall, weight 1750 gram (62 Oz)
  • Age: ca. 1910
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: gilt silver, cloisonné enamel
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross


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