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Small Russian Icon - Our Lady of Kazan in silver revetment cover and kiot shadowbox frame

An adorable small icon depicting Our Lady of Kazan. The icon is covered with a gilt silver cover hallmarked with a town mark of Moscow and a faint maker's mark. It is housed in a glass-fronted wooden kiot shadowbox frame with a gilt inner frame. 

Our Lady of Kazan is a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church and is considered a palladium of Russia for centuries until its theft and likely destruction in 1904. The icon represents the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. It is a close-up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress) style, it is noted mainly for the Child standing, with the Virgin chest length. The Kazan icons are traditionally small, following the original. The Kazan icon was very popular in Russia, especially as a wedding gift, and many copies were made in the design of original. In Moscow and St. Petersburg, two major Kazan Cathedrals are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, as are numerous churches throughout the land. Her feast days are July 21 and November 4. 

Additional Info

  • ID#: 1347-020-031-SP2
  • Size: 3 1/2 x 3 inches (9 x 8 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1910s
  • Origin: Moscow, Russia
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood in silver revetment cover held in glass-fronted shadowbox frame
  • Price: SOLD!
  • Silver
  • Orthodox Cross
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