Triptych painted in egg-tempera, with gilding, on wood prepared with gesso and linen. Subject: the central panel depicts the Koimesis (the Dormition of the Virgin): at top left, the half-length figure of St C osmas the Poet holds an inscribed scroll; at right, the half-length figure of St John of Damascus holds an inscribed scroll; below, the Virgin reclines on a bier surrounded by the Apostles and two bishops, the latter two holding open books; behind the bier, within a mandorla, stands Christ holding a child who symbolises the spirit of the Virgin; on either side of Christ, an angel, and above his head, a seraph; in the background, two buildings. The inside of the left-hand panel is decorated at top with the half-length figure of St George holding a cross; at bottom are two standing figures, St John Chrysostom in ecclesiastical garments, holding a cross and book at left, and St John Prodromos holding an inscribed scroll at right. The right-hand panel is similarly decorated with the half-length figure of St Demetrios holding a cross at top; at bottom are two standing figures in ecclesiastical garments, St John the Theologian holding a book at left, and St Basil holding a book at right. The side panels have lost their exterior painting, so when the triptych is closed, the only images visible are that of Sts Cosmos and John of Damascus at top. After conservation March 2008.
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