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Russian icon - Miracle of St. George Slaying the Dragon

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Russian icon - Miracle of St. George Slaying the Dragon

The Great Martyr Saint George is depicted as a mounted soldier striking with a lance a dragon beneath his horse. On the right is the town of Silene with a princess Elisaba, whose fate is in George’s hands, standing at the gate. The scene is titled in Old Slavonic as  "Saint George the Victorybearer." The oldest icons depicting Saint George as a horseman killing the dragon date to the 12th century. The motif becomes popular especially in Georgian and Russian tradition, but it is also found in Greek icons.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 113-046-032-SP6-7
  • Size: 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in (27 x 19 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890s
  • Origin: Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $600
  • Orthodox Cross
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