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Russian Icon - St Christopher Martyr with St Sophia & Her Daughters

Saint Martyr Christopher, his name meaning "Christ-bearer",  is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius According to the Christian tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9. The liturgical reading and hymns refer to his imprisonment by Decius who tempts Christopher with harlots before ordering his beheading.

Saint Martyr Sophia had her daughters 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. Afterwards, 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.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 120-104-095-SP7-1
  • Size: 16 1/2 x 12 1/2 in (42 x 32 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1850s
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,500
  • Orthodox Cross

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