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Russian Icon - St. Nicholas of Mozhaysk

In Russia, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is often shown as Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Mozhaysk, depicting a full-length Nicholas with a sword in his right hand and a city in his left. According to the legend, during the 14th-century siege of Mozhaysk city by Mongols, the residents prayed to Saint Nicholas, who announced himself as a huge figure holding a sword in the right hand and the city of Mozhaisk on the palm of the left hand. After seeing such a frightful vision the Mongols retreated. The grateful citizen erected a wooden monument to Saint Nicholas as he was seen during his announcement.  

Additional Info

  • ID#: 52-1009-008-182-SP1
  • Size: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1890
  • Origin: Central Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross

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