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Russian Icon - Our Lady of Smolensk in silver and enamel oklad revetment cover

A fine icon depicting Our Lady of Smolensk in gilded silver and enamel oklad revetment cover. Hallmarked with a Moscow city mark dating 1908-1917 for 84 zolotniks (875/1000) purity silver, and silversmith's mark in Cyrillic “ДШ” for workmaster Dmitry Shelaputin. 

Our Lady of Smolensk is the name of an ancient miracle-working icon and one of the most highly venerated icons in Russia. According to tradition, after the fall of Constantinople, the original icon painted by Saint Luke surfaced in Russia, where it was placed in the Assumption Cathedral in Smolensk and therefore referred to as Our Lady of Smolensk. The original icon, dated by art historians to the 11th century, is now believed to have been destroyed by fire during the German occupation of Smolensk in 1941, but a great number of copies were made throughout the century, some of considerable historical and artistic value of their own.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 71-SSI-12
  • Size: 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (31.5x26.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1908-1917
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: Oil on gessoed wood, gilt silver, enamel
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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