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19th Cent. Russian Orthodox Icon “Our Lady of Kazan” Gilt Brass Oklad Antique

19th Cent. Russian Orthodox Icon “Our Lady of Kazan” Gilt Brass Oklad Antique

This magnificent 19th-century Russian icon depicts “Our Lady of Kazan”, one of the most venerated images of the Virgin Mary in the Russian Orthodox Church. The icon shows the Mother of God holding the Christ Child, both adorned with halos of sanctity. The Virgin is recognizable by her veil and red mantle, while the Child Jesus blesses with his right hand. The style is typical of Russian iconography, with expressive faces and hieratic poses.

The oklad, or finely chiseled gilt brass covering, envelops the painted image, leaving only the faces and hands visible. This technique, known as "riza," is characteristic of Russian icons and symbolizes divine protection. The delicate motifs around the halo and on the frame demonstrate exquisite metalwork.

The Virgin of Kazan is associated with numerous miracles and is considered the protectress of Russia. This icon was likely an object of personal devotion, used for prayer and meditation. Its beauty and spiritual significance make it a treasure for collectors and the faithful, embodying the rich history and profound tradition of Russian sacred art.

Measurements 

17x12 cm.

Condition

The icon is in good overall condition, with some signs of wear consistent with its age. The gilding of the oklad has a beautiful patina. The painting of the faces and hands is well preserved, with craquelure visible upon close inspection.

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    €275.00Price
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