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Small Russian Finift Porcelain Plaquette icon - St. Empress Helena

An oval hand-painted velvet-backed finift porcelain icon depicting Saint Empress Helena in gilt brass frame. Minor craquelure, otherwise very good original condition. 

Saint Helena, or St. Helen († c. 330), was the consort of the future Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus (reigned 293-306) and the mother of the future Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306-337). She ranks as an important figure in the history of Christianity and of the world due to her significant influence on her son. Tradition credits her with a pilgrimage to Syria Palaestina, particularly to Jerusalem, during which she allegedly discovered the True Cross.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 24-021-190-F-SP1
  • Size: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches (9 x 7 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900s
  • Origin: Rostov, Russia
  • Materials: porcelain, gilding, brass
  • Price: $195
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