Wood and cast lead printing block. The block is square-shaped with a circular lead casting. Within the circular casting is the image of an Orthodox clergyman in gown and Epitrachelion. The Epitrachelion has crosses on each side at chest level and another at thigh level. There are tassles at the end of the stole. The clergyman is also wearing a mitre. The clergyman's right hand is stretched out and upward to his side. His left hand holds a staff with a cross at the top. A flag with a equal-armed cross is splayed out from the staff. A woman in a dress or cloak is knelt before the clergyman.
Donated by John Damianos. The printing block was used in a linotype printing machine. Linotype presses allowed for the casting of entire lines to be printed at a time. Linotype printing was eventually succeded by lythograph printing and computer typesetting during the 1960's and 1970's. This printing block was used by the Chicago-based, The Greek Art Printing Company. The dress worn by the clergyman in the image is traditional ceremonial dress for Greek Orthodox clergy. The mitre is modeled on the crown on the Byzantine emperors. The Epitrachelion corresponds to the stole worn by Western clergy. The Epitrachelion is a symbol of the the priest's or bishops' priesthood. The cross with equal-length arms is commonly associated with Greek Orthodoxy and early Christianity.
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