Russian Orthodox Antique Icon of Virgin of Passion (Икона Божией Матери "Страстная") in Bronze with Polychrome Enamel, last quarter of XIX - early XX Century.
In bronze and enamels; measures 87 mm in width, x 102 mm (approximately 4") in overall height including the crown. The enamels are of four different colors: three shades of blue and turquoise.
This version of the image of the Virgin is referred to as "Passionate" (Страстная), because it depicts two angels on either side of Mary carrying the Instruments of Passion of Jesus such as the Cross, Sponge and Lance. The original icon became famous in the first half of XVII C. by miraculously curing many afflictions and was eventually placed in the Spassikiy Monastery in Moscow. The "Passionate" image is uncommon compared to some of the other traditional depictions of the Virgin and Child in Eastern Orthodox iconography.
The icon is in very good condition. The enamel in its central portion is almost perfect having only a couple of very minor imperfections, no significant flaws. The blue border is chipped on the right side at the bottom edge, but this is not too detrimental to the overall impression from the icon. The details of the artwork are beautifully preserved showing only light wear to the highest points.
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