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18-century Fine Russian Icon - St. Michael the Archangel, Chief Commander of the Heavenly Host

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18-century Fine Russian Icon - St. Michael the Archangel, 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 demon depicted on the lower right. Next to the winged demon is a depiction of a city of Babylon drowning in sins. The semi-circle between his hands represents his covenant with God.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 1482-RSDI-28
  • Size: 12 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches (31.5 x 26 cm)
  • Age: ca. end of the 18th century
  • Origin: Northern Russia
  • Materials: egg tempera and parcel gilding on gessoed wood with kovcheg
  • Price: $8,000
  • Orthodox Cross
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