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Russian Icon - Saint Michael the Archangel, the Chief Commander of the Heavenly Host

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Russian Icon - Saint Michael the Archangel, the Chief Commander of the Heavenly Host

The Holy Archangel Michael is one of the most celebrated of the Angels called the Archistrategos, or chief commander, of all the bodiless 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 dragon depicted on the lower right. The white semi-circle between his hands represents his covenant with God.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 131-1009-017-326-SP1
  • Size: 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age: ca. 19th century
  • Origin: Provincial Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,200
  • Orthodox Cross
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