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Museum of Nea Moni


Due to the looting and destruction that the monastery suffered during the nine centuries of its history, nothing has been saved from its original wealth. All the objects on display in the small museum-sacristy of the monastery are of modern times that come from donations.
The Museum, housed in a monastery cell that was demolished and restored in 1980, exhibits several interesting examples of ecclesiastical and secular silverware of the 18th and 19th centuries, ecclesiastical gold embroidery, as well as icons from the same period.
Among the exhibits, both for its rarity and for its artistic value, the famous "epileptic" or "pine" of the New Monastery stands out. It is a large (2.50x3.50 m.) Silvery-gold silk fabric, which consists of four pieces so skillfully sewn together that it looks like a one-piece. According to the woven inscription that adorns it, the fabric was made at the expense of the New Monastery by the weaver Antonios, when Neophytos was abbot. It would probably serve as a curtain for the central gate of the Catholicos. From the representations that adorned it, two more forms with crowns can be distinguished (the owners?). The "pine" is an excellent example of Xia's textile art, for which the island had become famous.