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19th C. Russian Icon of Simeon Verkhoturskii

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Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera and gold leaf on wood a small icon depicting Simeon Verkhoturskii standing beside a river with his arms crossed appealing to Christ in the upper left corner. Verkhoturskii was a 17th century nobleman who moved to Siberia to live as an itinerant miracle worker, although he did not become a monk. Instead he earned his living by repairing coats in the winter and fishing in the summer; hence, the flowing river to the left. Size: 3.5" W x 4.5" H (8.9 cm x 11.4 cm)

This icon most likely was kept in someone’s home. According to Jeanne Marie Warzeski, scholar and curator of the North Carolina Museum of History's "Windows into Heaven" exhibition, "In the early Byzantine Empire, the home became the primary base for the development of icon veneration. Throughout the ensuing centuries, icons continued to receive honor in homes and churches. To this day, many Orthodox Christians create for prayer and meditation in their home a krasny ugol, or “beautiful corner,” where family icons are placed. Guests entering a house customarily honor the icons in the corner by crossing themselves before the objects. An oil lamp is set near the icons and is lit daily, according to Orthodox tradition."

Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these painted images depict holy persons and saints as well as illustrate scenes from the Scriptures. Icons are not worshiped, but are instead venerated for their ability to focus the power of an individual's prayer to God. As a focus for prayers and meditation for believers, icons serve as “windows into heaven.”

Provenance: ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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#119565
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Losses to peripheries as shown. Small fissure at lower end. Pierced marks and old inventory label on verso.
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19th C. Russian Icon of Simeon Verkhoturskii

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Nov 21, 2017
Starting Price $225
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Est. $400 - $600Starting Price $225
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Lot 0125G Details

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Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera and gold leaf on wood a small icon depicting Simeon Verkhoturskii standing beside a river with his arms crossed appealing to Christ in the upper left corner. Verkhoturskii was a 17th century nobleman who moved to Siberia to live as an itinerant miracle worker, although he did not become a monk. Instead he earned his living by repairing coats in the winter and fishing in the summer; hence, the flowing river to the left. Size: 3.5" W x 4.5" H (8.9 cm x 11.4 cm)

This icon most likely was kept in someone’s home. According to Jeanne Marie Warzeski, scholar and curator of the North Carolina Museum of History's "Windows into Heaven" exhibition, "In the early Byzantine Empire, the home became the primary base for the development of icon veneration. Throughout the ensuing centuries, icons continued to receive honor in homes and churches. To this day, many Orthodox Christians create for prayer and meditation in their home a krasny ugol, or “beautiful corner,” where family icons are placed. Guests entering a house customarily honor the icons in the corner by crossing themselves before the objects. An oil lamp is set near the icons and is lit daily, according to Orthodox tradition."

Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these painted images depict holy persons and saints as well as illustrate scenes from the Scriptures. Icons are not worshiped, but are instead venerated for their ability to focus the power of an individual's prayer to God. As a focus for prayers and meditation for believers, icons serve as “windows into heaven.”

Provenance: ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#119565
Condition
...
Losses to peripheries as shown. Small fissure at lower end. Pierced marks and old inventory label on verso.

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