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Russian Icon - St. John the Forerunner, Angel of the Desert

The icon depicts Saint John the Forerunner in the iconography of "Angel of the desert". Saint John the Forerunner depicted half-figured with wavy hair and wings holding in his right hand a chalice with his own lifeless head. In his left hand is a scroll with the beginning of verse from Matthew 3:2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." St. John is depicted as an "earthly Angel" and a "heavenly man" according to the hymnography of the Church for his feast. His wings symbolize his Angelic pure manner of life. Saint John preserved by the Lord in the dessert.  

Additional Info

  • ID#: 12-RSMIS-55
  • Size: 17 1/2 x 14 3/4 in (44.5 x 37.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Icon painting village of Kholui
  • Materials: Egg tempera on silvered and gessoed wood
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Orthodox Cross

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