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Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. A finely rendered egg tempera and gesso on wood icon depicting Saint Michael the Archangel donning a red and white vestment and bedecked with beaded strands, his hands crossed before his chest. Adorning the skillfully painted 3/4 frontal depiction of the archangel is a brass halo and background engraved with Russian strapwork designs. This iconography departs from the traditional depiction of Michael and his angels waging war on the dragon, symbolizing the Christian conflict of Christ vs. the Antichrist. Instead, we see the softer side of Michael! Size: 12.125" L x 10.375" W (30.8 cm x 26.4 cm)
As Chief Commander of the Heavenly hosts, Saint Michael bravely challenged the Devil. Satan, after all, was Michael's opponent in the battle for Heaven. Archangels are understood to be helpers and allies who offer dedicated protection through life's trials and travails. Their names usually end in the suffix "ael" or "iel" meaning “Shining One” in Hebrew, e.g. Miguel, Rafael, Gabriel, Ariel, Ezekiel, Barachiel, Uriel, etc.
Provenance: ex-private collection of Lupita Tovar, silent screen actress of the 1930's, Bel-Air, California, USA
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