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    Russian Orthodox Antique Icon of Virgin of Кazan (Казанская икона Божией Матери) in Bronze with Polychrome Enamel, last quarter of XIX - early XX Century.

    Russian Orthodox Antique Icon of Virgin of Кazan (Казанская икона Божией Матери) in Bronze with Polychrome Enamel, last quarter of XIX - early XX Century.

    In bronze and enamels; measures 100 mm x 114 mm (approximately 4 " x 4 "). The enamels are of five different colors: dark blue, blue, azure, white (with slight bluish tinge), and fern green. This was an uncommonly laborious and expensive technique: vast majority of other Russian bronze icons of the period have enamels of no more than two or three colors.

    The image in the center is of the Virgin and Child, a very important subject in Russian Orthodox iconography. It is inspired by the much revered icon of Kazan Mother of God (aka Icon of Virgin of Kazan or Kazan Hodegetria). The original icon is said to have been miraculously discovered in the city of Kazan in 1579, some quarter century after its conquest by Ivan the Terrible and the onset efforts to convert its Tartar natives to Christianity. According to Eastern Orthodox tradition, a devout young maiden found the spot where the icon was buried in the ground after having a vision of Mary three times in her sleep; the icon was then dug-up by the girl with the help of her mother. Many miracles were immediately attributed to it, especially as regards curing blindness. On tsar's orders a new female monastery was built on the spot, and the icon was permanently placed there. Over the following centuries copies of the Virgin of Kazan were installed in thousands of churches and countless private houses in Russia, but the original was lost to thieves in the summer of 1904 (many believed that this event led to the Russia's defeat in the war against Japan).

    The icon is in outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is exceptionally well-preserved: it is completely free of the usual chips, flaking or repairs, and retains luster. There is only minimal wear to the high points of the artwork which remains beautifully detailed. The edges of the frame have only a few tiny dings, no dents, significant scratches or any other significant flaws.

    Please note, pen in our photo is for size reference.

    Item# 34776

    $340.00  

     
       
     
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