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Icon Russian, St. Michael, painted wood, late19th

Lot 3406B Details

Description
A late 19th - early 20th C painted, wood Russian icon of St. Michael.Weight
approx 15 lbs

Height (in)
41.5

Width (in)
27.75

Depth (in)
2"

Fragility (1-4)
1

Maker/Artist
Russian artist

Material
Wood, Paint

Date
Late 29th Early 20th C
Size of Artwork
H.41.5 x W.27.75 x D.2"

History

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of
the Angels and bodiless powers; he is called the
Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless
powers. According to Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has
interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. St Michael
is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle. He is celebrated primarily on November 8, the Synaxis of Michael and all
the Bodiless Powers of Heaven; September 6 also marks the miracle of the Archangel at Colossae.
The name Michael means "like unto God" or "Who is like unto God?"
Michael first appears in the Old Testament in the book of
Joshua's account of the fall of Jericho. Though Michael is not mentioned by name in the text, it is said
that Joshua "looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand." When the still unaware Joshua asks which side of the fight the
Archangel is on, Michael responds, "neither...but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come" (Joshua 5:13-14)1.
In the book of Daniel, Michael appears first to help the Archangel Gabriel defeat the Persians (10:13). In a later
vision it is revealed to Daniel that "at that time [the end times] Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such
as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then..." (Ch. 12)1. Michael thus plays an important role as the protector of Israel and later of his chosen people, the Church.
The Church Fathers also ascribe to Michael the following events: During the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt he went before them in the form of a pillar of cloud by day
and a pillar of fire by night; the power of the great Chief Commander of God was manifest in the annihilation of the 185 thousand soldiers of the Assyrian emperor
Sennacherib (4/2 Kings 19:35); also in the smiting of the impious leader Heliodorus (2 Macc. 3: 24-26); and in the protection of the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias
and Misail, thrown into the fiery furnace for their refusal to worship an idol (Dan 3:22-25). Through the will of God, the Chief Commander Michael transported the
Prophet Habbakuk (December 2) from Judea to Babylon, to give food to Daniel in the lions' den (Dan. 14:33-37). The Archangel Michael disputed with the devil
over the body of the holy Prophet Moses (Jude 1:9).In New Testament times, the holy Archangel Michael showed his power when he miraculously saved a young man, cast into
the sea by robbers with a stone about his neck on the shores of Mt Athos. This story is found in the Athonite Paterikon, and in the Life of St Neophytus of Docheiariou
(November 9).Perhaps his most famous miracle, though, is the salvation of the church at Colossae. Here a number of pagans tried to
destroy this church by diverting the flow of two rivers directly into its path. However, the Archangel appeared amongst the waters, and, carrying a cross,
channeled the rivers underground so that the ground the church stood on would not be destroyed. The spring which came forth after this event is said to have special healing powers.
Michael also has been associated with healing in other
cases, as well as his primary role as leader of the Church Militant. He has been said to appear to Emperor Constantine the Great (d. 337) at Constantinople, to have
intervened in assorted battles, and appeared, sword in hand, over the mausoleum of Hadrian, in apparent answer to the prayers of Pope St. Gregory I the Great (r. 590-604)
that a plague in Rome should cease.Russians in particular have a special veneration to
Michael, along with the Theotokos. According to OCA, "Intercession for Russian cities by the Most Holy Queen of
Heaven always involved Her appearances with the Heavenly Hosts, under the leadership of the Archangel Michael. Grateful Rus acclaimed the Most Pure Mother of God
and the Archangel Michael in church hymns. Many monasteries, cathedrals, court and merchant churches are dedicated to the Chief Commander Michael. In Rus there was
not a city where there was not a church or chapel dedicated to the Archangel Michael."
Condition
Excellent
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Icon Russian, St. Michael, painted wood, late19th

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3406B: Icon Russian, St. Michael, painted wood, late19th

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Starting Price
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Lot 3406B Details

Description
...
A late 19th - early 20th C painted, wood Russian icon of St. Michael.Weight
approx 15 lbs

Height (in)
41.5

Width (in)
27.75

Depth (in)
2"

Fragility (1-4)
1

Maker/Artist
Russian artist

Material
Wood, Paint

Date
Late 29th Early 20th C
Size of Artwork
H.41.5 x W.27.75 x D.2"

History

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of
the Angels and bodiless powers; he is called the
Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless
powers. According to Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has
interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. St Michael
is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle. He is celebrated primarily on November 8, the Synaxis of Michael and all
the Bodiless Powers of Heaven; September 6 also marks the miracle of the Archangel at Colossae.
The name Michael means "like unto God" or "Who is like unto God?"
Michael first appears in the Old Testament in the book of
Joshua's account of the fall of Jericho. Though Michael is not mentioned by name in the text, it is said
that Joshua "looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand." When the still unaware Joshua asks which side of the fight the
Archangel is on, Michael responds, "neither...but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come" (Joshua 5:13-14)1.
In the book of Daniel, Michael appears first to help the Archangel Gabriel defeat the Persians (10:13). In a later
vision it is revealed to Daniel that "at that time [the end times] Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such
as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then..." (Ch. 12)1. Michael thus plays an important role as the protector of Israel and later of his chosen people, the Church.
The Church Fathers also ascribe to Michael the following events: During the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt he went before them in the form of a pillar of cloud by day
and a pillar of fire by night; the power of the great Chief Commander of God was manifest in the annihilation of the 185 thousand soldiers of the Assyrian emperor
Sennacherib (4/2 Kings 19:35); also in the smiting of the impious leader Heliodorus (2 Macc. 3: 24-26); and in the protection of the Three Holy Youths: Ananias, Azarias
and Misail, thrown into the fiery furnace for their refusal to worship an idol (Dan 3:22-25). Through the will of God, the Chief Commander Michael transported the
Prophet Habbakuk (December 2) from Judea to Babylon, to give food to Daniel in the lions' den (Dan. 14:33-37). The Archangel Michael disputed with the devil
over the body of the holy Prophet Moses (Jude 1:9).In New Testament times, the holy Archangel Michael showed his power when he miraculously saved a young man, cast into
the sea by robbers with a stone about his neck on the shores of Mt Athos. This story is found in the Athonite Paterikon, and in the Life of St Neophytus of Docheiariou
(November 9).Perhaps his most famous miracle, though, is the salvation of the church at Colossae. Here a number of pagans tried to
destroy this church by diverting the flow of two rivers directly into its path. However, the Archangel appeared amongst the waters, and, carrying a cross,
channeled the rivers underground so that the ground the church stood on would not be destroyed. The spring which came forth after this event is said to have special healing powers.
Michael also has been associated with healing in other
cases, as well as his primary role as leader of the Church Militant. He has been said to appear to Emperor Constantine the Great (d. 337) at Constantinople, to have
intervened in assorted battles, and appeared, sword in hand, over the mausoleum of Hadrian, in apparent answer to the prayers of Pope St. Gregory I the Great (r. 590-604)
that a plague in Rome should cease.Russians in particular have a special veneration to
Michael, along with the Theotokos. According to OCA, "Intercession for Russian cities by the Most Holy Queen of
Heaven always involved Her appearances with the Heavenly Hosts, under the leadership of the Archangel Michael. Grateful Rus acclaimed the Most Pure Mother of God
and the Archangel Michael in church hymns. Many monasteries, cathedrals, court and merchant churches are dedicated to the Chief Commander Michael. In Rus there was
not a city where there was not a church or chapel dedicated to the Archangel Michael."
Condition
...
Excellent

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