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Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

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Russian Icon - The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God is a Great Feast of the Eastern Orthodox Church (corresponding to the Western feast of the Assumption) which commemorates the "falling asleep" or death of the Mother of God, and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into Heaven. The Theotokos is depicted lying on a bier, surrounded by the twelve Apostles. At center, Jesus Christ is shown in a golden mandorla, swaddling the soul of the Virgin Mary. To either side of him are depicted the Hieromartyrs Dionysius the Areopagite and Ignatius the God-Bearer who, according to sacred tradition, are responsible for transmitting the account of the dormition. The buildings on the background represent Mary's house and the Temple of Jerusalem.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 104-1009-014-158-SP1
  • Size: 12 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (31 x 26 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Provincial Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gilt, tooled, and gessoed wood
  • Price: $950
  • Orthodox Cross
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