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Section of an Enameled Brass Traveling Icon - PF.5219
Origin: Russia
Circa: 1750 AD to 1900 AD
Dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high x 4.25" (10.8cm) wide
Collection: Russian Icons
Medium: Enameled Brass

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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At the Transfiguration, Christ manifested His divine nature to his disciples Peter, John and James on Mount Tabor. In the Gospel of Matthew it says, "... and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as light." (Matthew XVII, 2- 6. This mystical event is shown at the top of this fine icon, where God the Father offers blessings to His Son, while the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove hovers above them, thus forming the Holy Trinity. On the upper left panel the infant Jesus is baptized by John the 'Forerunner'; followed by His baptism as an adult in the river Jordan. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is below, with the Transfiguration in the last panel. By using dark and light blue with touches of white, the artist has created a three dimensional effect that is very effective, particularly in the alternating bands radiating from the upper panel. On the back is the cross with Jerusalem in the style of a medieval city. The inscription within the escutcheon at the top reads, "To Your cross we pray, Your Resurrection we praise." Such metaphysical themes underscore the essence of the Orthodox faith, and have found vivid pictorial expression for centuries, including such lovely images as on this icon. - (PF.5219)


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