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Eastern Europe, Russia, dated 1810 CE on the verso. A composite icon comprised of eleven cast brass icon panels set in a hand-carved wooden frame. The piece features a large Mother of God onion-domed brass panel in the center surrounded by square panels depicting various scenes from the life of Mary and the life of Christ in low relief. The overall shape of the ensemble of inset icons conjures imagery of the famous onion domes of Russian Orthodox churches. The brass plaque in the top left onion dome appears to depict the Resurrection, and the plaque in the top right onion dome depicts the Crucifixion. Size: 11.5" L x 9.5" W (29.2 cm x 24.1 cm)

Icons served as an easily transportable method for traveling priests to teach the stories that made up the foundation of Orthodox Christianity. Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these 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 such they are truly "windows into heaven."

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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#127614
Condition
Wood frame shows age cracks, wear, and losses. Verso is painted a gold hue. Back slats missing. Brass plaques show normal wear commensurate with age but are generally very good with nice areas of blue-green patina.
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Early 19th C. Russian Wall Brass Panel Icon

Estimate $1,600 - $2,400Jan 18, 2018
Starting Price $800
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