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17c Russian Icon - The Archangel Michael, Chief Commender of the Heavenly Host (Protector from Invasion & Civil War)

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17c Russian Icon - The Archangel Michael, Chief Commender of the Heavenly Host (Protector from Invasion & Civil War)

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of the Angels called the Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the Heavenly powers. According to the Holy Scripture and Tradition, he has interceded for humanity multiple times and continues to serve as the Defender of the Faith. Saint Michael is most often invoked for protection from invasion by enemies and from civil war, and for the defeat of adversaries on the field of battle.

Saint Michael is depicted riding a red-winged horse carrying the book of Gospels, the Trumpet of Judgement, the censer, and a lance, with which he conquers the demon depicted on the lower right. Next to the winged demon a depiction of a city of Babylon drowning in sins. The gold semi-circle between his hands represents his covenant with God.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 53-74-SSi-4
  • Size: 13 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (33.5 x 28.8 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1650
  • Origin: Northern Russia
  • Materials: Tempera on parcel gilt and gessoed wood
  • Price: Price upon request
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