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19th C. Russian Icon w/ Brass Oklad - Virgin Hogedetria
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**Originally Listed At $250**

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera on wood, a striking icon depicting the Mother of God (Theotokos) as the Virgin Hodegetria. According to legend, this icon restored the eyesight of two blind men – hence the name Hodegetria meaning, “She who gives sight” or “shows the way.” The Virgin holds the Child in her left hand while the baby Jesus gives benediction with his right hand. The image is covered by a fine brass oklad with a stunning nimbus over both figures’ heads, with vestments and Cyrillic lettering in repousse, a peripheral border of raised floral patterns and a braided perimeter completing the decorative program. Size: 7" W x 8.7" H (17.8 cm x 22.1 cm).

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. Some icons are encased in precious metal covers (oklads) as we see in this example. 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 Ventura County, California, USA collection, acquired before 1970; ex-private Pasadena, California, USA collection

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Age-commensurate surface wear, minor chips and abrasions to paint, with small chips and termite holes on verso. Oklad has slight bending to overall form and to interior details, with tarnishing and light oxidation throughout.
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19th C. Russian Icon w/ Brass Oklad - Virgin Hogedetria

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**Originally Listed At $250**

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. Finely painted in egg tempera on wood, a striking icon depicting the Mother of God (Theotokos) as the Virgin Hodegetria. According to legend, this icon restored the eyesight of two blind men – hence the name Hodegetria meaning, “She who gives sight” or “shows the way.” The Virgin holds the Child in her left hand while the baby Jesus gives benediction with his right hand. The image is covered by a fine brass oklad with a stunning nimbus over both figures’ heads, with vestments and Cyrillic lettering in repousse, a peripheral border of raised floral patterns and a braided perimeter completing the decorative program. Size: 7" W x 8.7" H (17.8 cm x 22.1 cm).

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. Some icons are encased in precious metal covers (oklads) as we see in this example. 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 Ventura County, California, USA collection, acquired before 1970; ex-private Pasadena, California, USA collection

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.

#122495
Condition
...
Age-commensurate surface wear, minor chips and abrasions to paint, with small chips and termite holes on verso. Oklad has slight bending to overall form and to interior details, with tarnishing and light oxidation throughout.

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