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Fine Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

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Fine Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

Fine Russian Orthodox icon depicting The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, 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 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. On the lower center the assault of the High Priest is depicted in which the Jewish priest's hands were cut off by the Archangel Michael after he unsuccessfully tried to overturn Mary's brier.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 881-RSHI-12
  • Size: 12 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1800
  • Origin: Vladimir region, possibly icon painting village of Mstyora
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: Price upon request
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