Epitaphios (burial shroud) of King Stefan Uroš II Milutin

Begin 01.01.1300
End 31.12.1321
ID 133003
System Class
Artifact Shroud
Case Study Beyond East and West: Sacred Landscapes Duklja and Raška
Stylistic Classification Byzantine

The burial shroud or epitaphios of King Milutin, from the Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church, is assumed to have been made for the Banjska Monastery, the Mausoleum of King Milutin.
It is believed that this shroud (mound-shroud/burial sheet) was created in the first decades of the 14th century (or around 1300, or during the second decade of the 14th century, or immediately after the king's death in 1321).
A representation of Christ, as if lying in his tomb, surrounded by angels and seraphims was made on red etles silk and velvet with gold and silver wire and silk threads. The inscription embroidered in the lower section of the shroud is in Slavonic stating that it was commissioned by the Serbian King Stefan Uroš II Milutin: "Remember, O God, the soul of your servant Milutin Uroš.
Probably the masters of this mantle were of Greek origin, it is even linked to Constantinople workshops, and it was certainly made according to Byzantine patterns.
The shroud of King Milutin is kept in the Museum of Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, no. 4660. Prior to reaching the Museum it was kept in the Krušedol Monastery.


Places (1)
Name Class Begin End Description
Banjska Monastery, Church of St. Stephen Place 01.01.1313 31.12.1315 Banjska Monastery is situated by the Banjska river, near Zvečan in the North of Kosovo. It was built by King Milutin in 1313 to 1315, modelled on Studenica Monastery. Its a single nave edifice with a dome and tripartite altar space. To the North and South of the central part of the Church are choirs with paracclesions next to each. Narthex has two bell-towers on its Western end. The Church is rich with Romanesque sculptural decoration (it was probably made by the same artisans who worked in the Chilandar Monastery).The most prominent sculptural decoration is the statue of the Virgin with Christ as a child (kept in the nearby Monastery of Sokolica). Some frescoes have remained, mostly under the dome.
Actors (1)
Name Class Begin End Relation Type Description
Muzej Srpske pravoslavne crkve, Beograd Group None
Burial shroud of King Milutin
Burial shroud of King Milutin