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17-century Fine Russian Icon - St. Michael the Archangel

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.

The Archangel is depicted full-bodied wearing a suit of armor with a red cape with the image of Christ not made by human hands above him. His prolonged wings are outstretched, his sword is pulled and raised. The red colored cape and the wings have rich gold folds.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 1501-RSDI-24
  • Size: 12 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (31.5 x 26.5 cm)
  • Age: ca. 17th century
  • Origin: Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood with kovcheg
  • Price: $7,000
  • Orthodox Cross

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