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Russian Icon - Saint Nicholas of Mozhaisk in brass revetment cover

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 colossal figure holding a sword in his right hand and the city of Mozhaisk in the palm of his 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#: 257-1009-041-103-SP1
  • Size: 11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (29 x 25 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1880
  • Origin: Provincial Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood in brass revetment cover
  • Price: $700
  • Orthodox Cross
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