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

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# 29-1009-024-103-SP1
  • Size 4 1/3 x 3 1/4 inches (11 x 8 cm)
  • Age ca. 1827
  • Origin Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price (RESERVED)
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - The Guardian Angel and St. Eudocia of Heliopolis

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

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

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 Icon - St. Great Martyr Barbara in silver cover

Small Russian Icon - St. Great Martyr Barbara in silver cover

Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara, was an early Christian saint and martyr living in the Greek city Nicomedia, present-day Turkey or in Heliopolis of Phoenicia, present-day Baalbek, Lebanon. Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower. As one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Barbara continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of armorers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners, and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. Many of her thirteen miracles turn on the security she offered that her devotees would not die without making confession and receiving extreme unction.

  • ID# 53-1009-089-050-SP1
  • Size 2 x 1 1/2 inches (5 x 4 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood, silver
  • Price $375
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in silver cover

Small Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in silver cover

The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox Church (corresponding to the Western feast of the Assumption) which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of the Mother of God, and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into Heaven. The Theotokos is depicted lying on a bier, surrounded by the twelve Apostles. At the center, Jesus Christ is shown in a golden mandorla, swaddling the soul of the Virgin Mary. To either side of him are depicted the Hieromartyrs Dionysius the Areopagite and Ignatius the God-Bearer who, according to sacred tradition, are responsible for transmitting the account of the dormition. The buildings on the background represent Mary's house and the Temple of Jerusalem.

  • ID# 51-1009-088-048-SP1
  • Size 2 1/4 x 2 inches (6 x 5 cm)
  • Age ca. 1870s
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $375
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Pendant Icon - Christ Pantocrator in silver cover

Small Russian Pendant Icon - Christ Pantocrator in silver cover

Christ Pantocrator refers to a specific depiction of Christ. The most common translation of Pantocrator is "Almighty" or "All-powerful". In this understanding, Pantocrator is a compound word formed from the Greek words for "all" and the noun "strength" (κρατος). This is often understood in terms of potential power; i.e., ability to do anything, omnipotence. The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the half-length image, Christ holds the Gospels in his left hand and makes the gesture of blessing with his right. The Gospels are opened on Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Hallmarked СГ for a well-known silversmith Semyon Galkin in Moscow and 84 zolotniks (875/100) purity mark. 

  • ID# 18-1009-020-035-SP1
  • Size 1 1/5 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 SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Pendant Icon - St. Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in silver cover

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 - St. Nicholas the Miracleworker in silver cover

Small Russian Icon - St. Nicholas the Miracleworker in silver cover

Saint Nicholas of Myra (270 - 343), was a historic 4th-century Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in Greece, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barranquilla, Bari, Beit Jala, Fribourg, Huguenots, Kozani, Liverpool, Paternopoli, Sassari, Siggiewi, and Lorraine. His feast day is 6 December.

  • ID# 25-1009-022-086-SP1
  • Size 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (4 x 4.5 cm)
  • Age ca. 1888
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $325
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - St. Nicholas the Miracleworker in silver cover

Small Russian Icon - St. Nicholas the Miracleworker in silver cover

Saint Nicholas of Myra (270 - 343), was a historic 4th-century Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. Saint Nicholas is the patron Saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, and students in Greece, Belgium, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia, and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barranquilla, Bari, Beit Jala, Fribourg, Huguenots, Kozani, Liverpool, Paternopoli, Sassari, Siggiewi, and Lorraine. His feast day is 6 December.

  • ID# 31-1009-027-192-SP1
  • Size 1 1/2 x 1/4 inches (4 x 3 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $325
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Vladimir in silver cover

Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Vladimir in silver cover

Our Lady of Vladimir is one of the most highly venerated Orthodox icons and a typical example of Byzantine iconography. The original 12th-century icon survived and is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery museum in Moscow. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries and many copies now have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own. The icon is a version of the Eleusa (Tenderness) type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother's cheek. The venerated image was used in the celebration of coronations of tsars, elections of Patriarchs, and other important ceremonies of the Russian state. Her feast day is June 3.

  • ID# 3-1009-003-202-SP1
  • Size 2 3/4 x 2 inches (7 x 5 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $325
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Pendant Icon - St. Venerable Tikhon of Kaluga in silver cover

Small Russian Pendant Icon - St. Venerable Tikhon of Kaluga in silver cover

Saint Tikhon of Kaluga († 16 June 1492) was a Russian abbot and saint who grew up in Moscow and became a monk as a young man. He then moved to a forest near Medin in Kaluga, living in the hollow of an oak tree. It was on that spot that he founded (and became the first abbot of) a monastery, dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God (and then to Tikhon himself after his death). This icon was produced at the St. Tikhon's Monastery to be sold to incoming pilgrims who were coming to venerate relics of St. Tikhon.

  • ID# 6-1009-003-300-SP1
  • Size 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches (3 x 3 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver frame
  • Price $325
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan in gilt silver cover

Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan in gilt silver cover

Our Lady of Kazan is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and considered a palladium of Russia for centuries, until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. The icon represents the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is a close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest-length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original. The Kazan icon was very popular in Russia, especially as a wedding gift, and many copies were made in the design of original. Two major Kazan Cathedrals, in Moscow and St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4.

  • ID# 27-1009-023-287-SP1
  • Size 2 x 1 1/2 inches (5 x 4 cm)
  • Age ca. 1900
  • Origin Moscow, Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera on gessoed wood in gilt silver frame
  • Price $275
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Tikhvin

Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Tikhvin

Our Lady of Tikhvin (Tikhvinskaya) is one of the most celebrated and beautiful wonderworking icons of the Mother of God. Traditionally, it is said to be one of the icons painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist and is a contemporary of the Mother of God herself. The appearance of the icon is celebrated on June 26. The icon has a long history. During the Soviet oppression of the Orthodox Church, the original Theotokos of Tikhvin icon was brought to the USA for safekeeping. In 2004 it was transferred back to Russia to return to its home village of Tikhvin. In the iconographic sense, it is a Hodigitria type with the slightly inclined position of the Mother of God toward the Infant, Who is depicted on the left side of the image. The hand of the Mother of God is raised toward her breast as a sign of silent worship of her Son.

  • ID# 40-1009-068-044-SP1
  • Size 2 1/2 x 2 inches (6 x 5 cm)
  • Age ca. 19th century
  • Origin Northern Russia
  • Materials Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price $225
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross

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