The Royal Gates
15th century, Novgorod school
tempera on wood panel
left, 169.5 x 41.3 cm (66-3/4 x 16-1/4 in.)
right, 169.2 x 39.7 cm (66-5/8 x 15-5/8 in.)
The Royal Gates, or Czar's Doors, set in the center of the iconostas', were so-called because Christ, the King of Glory as represented by his priests, enters the Royal Gates that lead to the altar. A curtain hung on the inside is drawn or opened during various parts of the divine service.