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Russian Icon - the Severed Head of St. John the Baptist

The icon depicts the Severed Head of Saint John the Baptist, known in Russia as "Saint John the Forerunner", the forerunner of Christ, the last of the prophets, and the first Christian saint.  A popular and much-venerated figure in Orthodox iconography, Saint John was beheaded under the order of King Herod who wished to please Salome, daughter of the king's lover Herodias, whom the Baptist had reproached for her adultery. The severed head of the saint is depicted on the platter shrunken in the sleep of death. God the Father shown in the upper left corner is blessing it from Heavens. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 173-028-097-SP7-35
  • Size: 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 (27 x 19 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Provincial Russia
  • Materials: Oil on gessoed wood
  • Price: $675
  • Orthodox Cross

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