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Travel Orthodox icons have a rich history in Russia. As early as the 12th century, pilgrims wore pectoral icons in order to preserve the possibility of daily prayer. Later, small travel icons were used by the Orthodox faithful to serve as amulet-like protection from the calamities of travel. Orthodox Russians would leave home on a journey without a special to them travel icon in their possession. Special small icons depicting a patron saint, St. George the Victorybearer, or a Guardian Angel were given by families to soldiers being sent to war. Others were purchased by pilgrims during a quest to one of many Holy places and distant monasteries housing relics of highly venerated Orthodox saintly monks such as Sts. Zosima and Sabbatius, founders of the Solovki monastery far in the Russian North, another monastery founder St. Sergius of Radonezh, a beloved by people hermit St. Seraphim of Sarov canonized in 1903, and a stoic monk St. Niles of Stolbensk.

Many of the icons are clad by richly worked covers of precious silver and their panting is showing an amazing level of detail. Nowadays, travel icons are favored by both the faithful and collectors due to their intimate size and moderate cost.

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Small Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God in silver revetment cover

Small Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God in silver revetment cover

Small icon in silver revetment cover depicting Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God. Hallmarked with ca. Moscow 1869 mark. 

  • ID# 60-103-038-SP1
  • Size 6.5 x 5 cm (2 3/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age ca. 1869
  • Origin Moscow
  • Materials silver, wood, egg tempera
  • Price $575
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Icon - The Guardian Angel and St. Eudocia of Heliopolis

In Orthodoxy, a Guardian Angel is a type of angel that is assigned at birth to protect and guide a particular person. Each human has a guardian angel who stands before the face of the Lord. This guardian angel is not only a friend and a protector, who preserves from evil and who sends good thought; the image of God is reflected in the creature—angels and men—in such a way that angels are celestial prototypes of men. Guardian angels are especially our spiritual kin. Scripture testified that the guardianship and direction of the elements, of places, of peoples, of societies, are confined to the guardian angels of the cosmos, whose very substance adds something of harmony to the elements they watch over.

Saint Eudocia (Eudokia) was a Samarian woman who lived in Heliopolis of Phoenicia (present-day Baalbek, Lebanon). She was a very beautiful pagan and garnered her wealth by attracting wealthy lovers. Eudokia learned about Christianity from a monk by the name of Germanos and asked him if she, too, could be saved from Judgment. Germanos instructed her to remain alone in her chamber for one week, fasting and praying. Eudokia followed his instructions, and at the end of the week, she had a vision about the Archangel Michael that assured her of Christ's love for all people. At age 30, Eudokia commissioned the building of a monastery near Heliopolis and dispensed much of her wealth in various charitable projects. She rejected all of her suitors, and when one persistent suitor named Philostratus was struck down because of his persistence, Eudokia prayed for him until he recovered and then converted to Christianity. Eudokia persuaded many pagans to convert to Christianity and, by her actions, angered Roman officials who had her beheaded in 107 AD.

  • ID# 54-1009-095-069-SP1
  • Size 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (8 x 7 cm)
  • Age ca. 1850's
  • Origin Icon painting village of Palekh
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $575
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Iveron in silver revetment cover

Our Lady of Iveron is the Eastern Orthodox icon of the Virgin Mary which, according to the Sacred Tradition, was painted by Luke the Evangelist. The icon is referred to as "Wonderworking" meaning that numerous miracles have been attributed to the intercession of the Theotokos by persons praying before it. The original of this image is found in the Georgian Iveron monastery on Mount Athos in Greece, where it is believed to have been since the year 999.

  • ID# 07-1009-001-156-SP1
  • Size 7 x 5 1/2 inches (18 x 14 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood in silver revetment cover
  • Price $550
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Orthodox brass plaquette depicting Saint Nicholas of Mozhaisk

In Russia, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is often shown as Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Mozhaisk, depicting a full-length Nicholas with a sword in his right hand and a city in his left because the prayers to Saint Nicholas saved the city of Mozhaisk from the enemy attack.

  • ID# 44-DDM2-13
  • Size 5.5 cm x 7.5 cm (2 1/4 in x 3 in)
  • Age ca. 17th century Central Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $475

Small Russian Icon - St. Martyr Sophia and Her Daughters Faith, Hope & Love in silver cover

Saint Sophia the Martyr had her daughters Faith, Hope & Love were killed during the reign of Hadrian (117–138). The imperial guards took Sophia's daughters one by one, from the oldest to the youngest, and beat and tortured them to death in an attempt to force their mother to renounce her faith in Christ. Afterward, Sophia buried her daughters' bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she died herself. Her feast day is commemorated by the Church on September 17.

  • ID# 19-1009-020-036-SP1
  • Size 3 1/4 x 2 1/3 inches (8 x 6 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Provincial Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $475
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Icon - The Decollation of St. John the Baptist in silver cover

Saint John the Baptist was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early first century AD who is revered as a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, and other faiths. He is called a prophet by all of these traditions and is honored as a saint in many Christian traditions. The Orthodox faithful believe that John was the last of the Old Testament prophets, thus serving as a bridge between that period of revelation and the New Covenant. They also teach that, following his death, John descended into Hades and there once more preached that Jesus the Messiah was coming, so he was the Forerunner of Christ in death as he had been in life. Eastern Orthodox churches will often have an icon of St. John the Baptist in a place of honor on the iconostasis, and he is frequently mentioned during the Divine Services. Every Tuesday throughout the year is dedicated to his memory.

According to the Tradition, Herod's daughter Herodias danced before Herod, who was so pleased that he offered her anything she asked for in return. When the girl asks her mother what she should request, she is told to demand the head of John the Baptist. Reluctantly, Herod orders the beheading of John, and his head is delivered to her, at her request, on a plate. (Mark 6:17–29).

  • ID# 15A-1009-017-144-SP1
  • Size 2 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches (6 x 6.5 cm)
  • Age ca. 1880s
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $475
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Pendant Icon - Saint Patriarch Filaret of Moscow

Small Russian Pendant Icon - Saint Patriarch Filaret of Moscow

Small pendant icon in silver revetment cover depicting Saint Patriarch Filaret of Moscow. Hallmarked with ca. 1909-1917 Moscow mark. 

  • ID# 57-090-063-SP1
  • Size 44 x 33 mm (1 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches)
  • Age ca. 1909-1917
  • Origin Moscow
  • Materials silver, wood, egg tempera, velvet
  • Price $375
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian icon - St. John the Chrysostom in silver revetment cover

Small Russian icon - St. John the Chrysostom in silver revetment cover

Small icon in silver revetment cover depicting St. John the Chrysostom. Hallmarked with ca. 1909-1917 mark.  

  • ID# 59-088-025-SP1
  • Size 5 x 4 cm ( 1 1/2 x 2 inches)
  • Age ca. 1909 - 1917
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials silver, wood, egg tempera, velvet
  • Price $375
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian brass plaquette depicting Nativity of Jesus Christ

  • ID# 42DDM2-8
  • Size 5.5 cm x 8 cm (2 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century - Old Believer's workshop Central Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $375
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Small Russian icon - Our Lady of the Sign in silver cover

Small Russian icon - Our Lady of the Sign in silver cover

Small icon in silver revetment cover depicting Our Lady of the Sign. Hallmarked with ca. 1896 mark. 

  • ID# 58-001-003-SP1
  • Size 4 x 5 cm (1 3/4 x 2 inches)
  • Age ca. 1896
  • Origin Moscow ? Russia
  • Materials silver, egg tempera, wood
  • Price $350
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian Pendant Icon - St. Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in silver cover

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh, was a spiritual leader and monastic reformer of medieval Russia. He is a founder of Sergiev-Troitsky Monastery and together with Venerable Seraphim of Sarov, he is one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most highly venerated saints.

  • ID# 28-1009-023-288-SP1
  • Size 1 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches (4 x 3 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $350
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God in silver revetment cover

Small Russian icon - Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God in silver revetment cover

Small icon in silver revetment cover depicting Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God. Hallmarked with ca. Moscow 1890's mark. 

  • ID# 7-003-120-L60SP3-3
  • Size 9 x 7 cm (3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials silver, wood, egg tempera, velvet
  • Price (RESERVED)
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian pectoral brass plaquette icon depicting Saint Nicholas of Myra

  • ID# 8-DDMA-65
  • Size 5.5 cm x 3.4 cm (2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Old Believer's workshop Central Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $275

Small Russian pectoral brass plaquette icon depicting Prophet Elijah with scenes of life and fiery ascent into Heavens

The icon depicts prophet and Prophet and Mystic Elijah surrounded by the vignettes with scenes of his life and his fiery ascent into Havens. Saint Elijah was a prophet in the northern kingdom of Israel during the reign of king Ahab (9th century BC). According to the Books of Kings (17-19), Elijah defended the worship of Yahweh over that of the Phoenician god Baal, he raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and was taken up in a whirlwind. In the Book of Malachi, Elijah's return is prophesied "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord," making him a harbinger of the Messiah.

* rare subject *

  • ID# 133-DDMA-5
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/2 in)
  • Age ca. 18th century, Old Believer's workshop Moscow region
  • Materials brass
  • Price $235
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Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Christ Enthroned (the Deisis)

Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Christ Enthroned (the Deisis)

Small brass-cast travel icon depicting Christ Enthroned. Christ is shown fully-figured sitting on the Heavenly throne flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, forming the Orthodox Deisis. Decorated with 3-color enamel. 

  • ID# 279-38-103-L60SP3-1
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass with 3-color enamel
  • Price $175
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian brass plaquette depicting Savior of Smolensk

The Savior of Smolensk is the iconographic type of Jesus Christ represented as the enthroned Pantocrator – full figured with his right hand raised in a blessing gesture and his right hand holding a book of Gospels. He is flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist and surrounded by the Apostles. To either side of Him, kneeling in prayer at His feet, are Saint Sergius of Radonezh and the Venerable Barlaam of Khutyn.

  • ID# 151-DDMA-2
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century - Old Believer's workshop Central Russia
  • Materials brass and 3-color enamel
  • Price $175
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Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

A small cast-brass travel icon plaquette depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra decorated with blue enamel. Saint Nicholas is depicted frontally half-figured wearing bishop’s clothes, blessing with his right hand and holding open Gospels with his left one. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary offering a bishop’s omofor, both in Heavens are shown behind him.

  • ID# 38-70-L60SP2-10
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass and blue enamel
  • Price $150
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Jesus Christ's Descent into the Hades

Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Jesus Christ's Descent into the Hades

Small brass-cast travel icon depicting the Descent of Christ Into Hades. Christ is shown breaking down the doors of Hell rescuing Adam and Eve. Behind them follow the kings, the prophets, and the righteous of the Old Testament. Feast day: Easter Sunday. Decorated with 2-color enamel. 

  • ID# 116-L60MA-2
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass, 2-color enamel
  • Price $150
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Orthodox brass icon depicting St. Antipas of Pergamum

Small Russian Orthodox brass icon depicting St. Antipas of Pergamum

Saint Antipas of Pergamum was ordained by John the Apostle Antipas as bishop of Pergamon during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. The traditional account goes on to say Antipas was martyred in ca. 92 AD by burning in a brazen bull-shaped altar to cast out demons worshiped by the local population. There is a tradition of oil ("manna of the saints") being secreted from the relics of Saint Antipas. On the calendars of Eastern Christianity, the feast day of Antipas is April 11. Saint Antipas is invoked to assist in toothache. 

  • ID# 33-L60MA-12
  • Size 4 x 6 cm ( 1 1/2 x 2 1/3 inches)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $150
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Jesus Christ's Descent into the Hades

Small Russian Orthodox brass icon of Jesus Christ's Descent into the Hades

Small brass-cast travel icon depicting the Descent of Christ Into Hades. Christ is shown breaking down the doors of Hell rescuing Adam and Eve. Behind them follow the kings, the prophets, and the righteous of the Old Testament. Feast day: Easter Sunday. Decorated with 2-color enamel. 

  • ID# 66-L60MA2-25
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass, 2-color enamel
  • Price $145
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

A small cast-brass travel icon plaquette depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra. Saint Nicholas is depicted frontally half-figured wearing bishop’s clothes, blessing with his right hand and holding open Gospels with his left one. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary offering a bishop’s omofor, both in Heavens are shown behind him.

  • ID# 03-B-SP1
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $135
  • Orthodox Cross

Small Russian brass plaquette depicting Joy to All Who Sorrow Mother of God

Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow of Moscow is the name of a popular wonderworking Russian Orthodox icon dating to a miracle that occurred in 1688, when a woman named Euphymia received healing from sickness after obeying a voice telling her to find this icon and have the priest celebrate a prayer with blessing of water. The design of this icon depicts the Mother of God, standing among the flowers of paradise flanked suppliants asking for her intercession.

  • ID# 2693L60i2-1
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century Moscow region
  • Materials brass with 2-color enamel
  • Price $135
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Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Small Russian Orthodox plaquette icon depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

A small cast-brass travel icon plaquette depicting St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra. Saint Nicholas is depicted frontally half-figured wearing bishop’s clothes, blessing with his right hand and holding open Gospels with his left one. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary offering a bishop’s omofor, both in Heavens are shown behind him.

  • ID# 53-008-030-L60SP3-10
  • Size 5 cm x 6 cm (2 in x 2 1/3 in)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Russia
  • Materials brass
  • Price $50
  • Orthodox Cross

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