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Saints Cosmas & Damian, the Unmercenary Healers & Martyrs

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith. During the persecution under Diocletian, Cosmas and Damian were arrested by order of the Prefect of Cilicia, who ordered them under torture to recant. However, according to legend they stayed true to their faith, enduring being hung on a cross, stoned and shot by arrows and finally suffered execution by beheading.

Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

17th century Greek Cyprus Triptych Icon - Dormition of Theotokos, Nativity & Baptism of Christ, St Cosmas & Damian

Triptych icon depicting the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos depicted in the central panel, flanked by scenes of the Nativity (on the left) and the Baptism of Christ (on the right). The exterior panels show figures of two martyrs and unmercenary healers - Saints Cosmas and Damian.

  • ID# 130-RSFP-5
  • Size Open: 9 1/4 x 14 1/2 in. (23.5 x 36.8cm) | Closed: 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (23.5 x 18.4cm)
  • Age ca. 17th century
  • Origin Cyprus
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damian

Oval silver glass-fronted reliquary theca housing substantial ex ossibus relics of Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas and Damian. The relics are surrounded by twisted wire ornamentation and identified with paper cedula inscribed in 18th century ductus as S. Cosma[e] / S. Damiano M. The reliquary is secured by a seal of red Spanish wax with coat of arms of a Roman Catholic bishop.

  • ID# 117-DDMR-1
  • Age ca. 18th century
  • Price $1,750
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

Reliquary theca with relics of Saint Cosmas & Damian, the Unmercenary Healers & Patrons of Doctors

Oval glass-fronted brass reliquary theca housing relics of two Unmercenary healers: Saints Cosmas and Damian. The significant first-class ex ossibus (of the bone) relics are affixed to a red silk background and identified on a paper cedulae labels in as S. Cosmae Mart. / S Damiani Mar. On the back, the theca is protected by a seal of red wax with a clear imprint of a coat of arms of Fr. Giovanni Francesco Capelletti (†1831), Bishop of Ascoli Piceno (1806-1831). The theca comes in the original leather bound case of issue. 

  • ID# 07-RSCR
  • Size 22 x 27 mm
  • Age ca. first quarter of the 19th century
  • Origin Italy
  • Materials brass
  • Price $1,750
  • Orthodox Cross

Theca with relics of 5 Martyr Saints: Saint Cosmas, Saint Felicia, Saint Cesaria, Saint Claudia, Saint Celestine

Italian oval crystal-fronted silver reliquary theca housing relics of five Martyr Saints: Saint Feliciamartyr (patron of farewells) Saint Cesaria martyrSaint ClaudiamartyrSaint Cosmas martyr and unmersenary healerSt. Celestine I pope and martyr. The relics are identified on a paper cedulae. The back has an image under a crystal glass depicting a female saint.

  • ID# 14-DDCR125-1
  • Size 60 mm x 50 mm
  • Age ca. 1720
  • Price SOLD!

Russian Icon - St Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damianus

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith. Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

  • ID# 57-104-100-SP7-11
  • Size 15 1/2 x 15 3/4 in (39 x 49 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890
  • Materials Oil on tooled and gessoed wood
  • Price $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Saint Unmercenary Healers Cosmas & Damianus, patrons of doctors

Saints Cosmas and Damian (Greek: Κοσμάς και Δαμιανός) (also written Kosmas and Damianos) (died ca. 287) were twin brothers, physicians, and early Christian martyrs born in Cilicia, part of today's Turkey. They practiced their profession in the seaport of Ayas, Adana, then in the Roman province of Syria. Accepting no payment for their services led to them being named "Ανάργυροι" (Unmercenary); it has been said that, by this, they attracted many to the Christian faith.

Traditionally, Saints Cosmas and Damian are the holy patrons of doctors and persons of Medical profession.

  • ID# 161-023-215-SP7-7
  • Size 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age ca. 1890s
  • Materials Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price $950
  • Orthodox Cross

Russian Icon - Apostles Peter and Paul with Unmercenary Healer Saint Cosmas

 

 

  • ID# 080-008-163-L60i3-50
  • Size 11 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in (29 cm x 24 cm)
  • Age ca. 1800s, provincial
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price $700

Russian Icon - 9-Part icon: Deisis & 6 Saints: St Michael, Sts Cosmas & Damian, Sts Florus and Laurus and St Anastasia

This nine-part icon in the upper part is depicting the Orthodox Deisis consisting of the Virgin Mary, Christ, and St. John the Baptist. Below are six selected saints: (in the middle field) St. Michael the Archangel flanked by Sts. Florus and Laurus - holy patrons of horses; on the bottom row - St. Anastasia flanked by unmercenary healers Cosmas and Damianis. 

  • ID# 53-75-75-SP6-75
  • Size 13 3/4 x 11 in (35 x 28 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood.
  • Price $675
  • Orthodox Cross

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