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Russian Icon - Saint Martyr Christoper

Saint Christopher, his name meaning "Christ-bearer",  is venerated by several Christian denominations as a martyr killed in the reign of the 3rd-century Roman Emperor Decius According to the Christian tradition, he carried a child, who was unknown to him, across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ. Therefore, he is the patron saint of travelers, and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians. The Eastern Orthodox Church venerates Christopher of Lycea with a Feast Day on May 9. The liturgical reading and hymns refer to his imprisonment by Decius who tempts Christopher with harlots before ordering his beheading.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 66-015-117-L60i4-150
  • Size: 13 3/4 in x 11 in (35 cm x 28 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1870, Provincial
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,100

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