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Russian Icon - St Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra

Saint Nicholas is depicted frontally half-figured wearing bishop’s clothes, blessing with his right hand and holding closed Gospels with his left one. Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary offering a bishop’s omofor, both in Heavens are shown behind him. He is flanked by three selected border saints.

Saint Nicholas of Myra (270 - 343), was a historic 4th-century Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 12-RSMIS-3
  • Size: 11 3/4 x 10 in (30 x 25.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1880s
  • Origin: Central Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera and gilding on gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross
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