Special cushion for carrying the Emperor’s crown, 1762

Special cushion for carrying the Emperor’s crown, 1762

Special cushion for carrying the Emperor’s crown
Cloth of gold by Friedrich Wilhelm Nicolaus, gold trimmings by V.Mamonov
1762
Museum no.TK-1290
© The Moscow Kremlin Museums

The Emperor’s crown was one of several pieces comprising the Russian Imperial regalia, all of which were treated like sacred objects. At the coronation, no one was allowed to touch them except the emperor and the high priest.

During the procession, the crown was carried on a special cushion, which itself was made of precious material. It is made of silk woven with gold thread and edged with a fringe of gold bullion, the same spirals of gold wire used for epaulettes, with a tassel on each corner.