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Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. A beautiful brass traveling icon with four hinged panels which fold together neatly, the recessed details adorned with pitch-black niello inlays. Depicting a comprehensive narrative of the life of Jesus Christ, the far left panel shows at the top the Crucifixion, overseen by angels and God the Father. Below, clockwise, is the Annunciation; birth of Jesus; presentation of Jesus in the temple; and scenes from the life of the Holy family. The next panel depicts Christ joining His Father in heaven on the upper section, with Jesus in the temple; His baptism by St. John; entrance into Jerusalem, and His glorification in heaven. Installation of the Holy Cross is the theme of the following panel on the upper portion; below which shows Christ greeting His disciples after the resurrection; Christ's glorification surrounded by angels; death of the Virgin Mary; and the descent of the Holy Ghost to the enthroned Virgin Mary. Size (when open): 16.25" W x 7" H (41.3 cm x 17.8 cm).
Mary is the central theme on the last panel representing her enthronement in heaven; below which shows an icon of the Virgin holding the infant Jesus with Saints Alexander and Cyril; King Vasiley presents himself in the next panel; followed by Saints Antony and Alexey; and then Saints Antony and Theodosius, Abbot of the Monastery of the Caves of Kiev. The front 'cover' features an elaborate scene of the Cross.
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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