handmade Russian icon of the mother of god from the late19th century
handmade Russian icon of the mother of god from the late19th century
handmade Russian icon of the mother of god from the late19th century
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handmade Russian icon of the mother of god from the late19th century

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handmade Russian icon of the mother of god from the late19th century

the icon in great condition with beautiful enamel on the four corner of the Fram

  • size: 35x30
  • date: 1910-1930
  • damage : no damage 
  • russian 
  • Moscow style 
  • the icon came with certificate from the Israeli authority of antiquities and the Germany icon museum 

Icons of the Mother of God, also known as icons of the Virgin Mary or Theotokos (a Greek title meaning "God-bearer"), are widespread in Christian art, particularly within the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, and Oriental Orthodox traditions. These icons hold great significance in Christian worship and devotion. The depictions of the Mother of God vary across cultures and artistic styles, but several common themes are often present:

1. **Hodegetria:** One of the most common types of Mother of God icons is the Hodegetria, which means "She who shows the Way" in Greek. In this icon, Mary is shown holding the Christ Child on her left arm and gesturing toward Him with her right hand, directing attention to Jesus as the path to salvation.

2. **Eleusa (Tenderness):** In Eleusa icons, Mary is depicted with a gentle expression, often cheek-to-cheek with the Christ Child. This type emphasizes the intimate relationship between mother and child, conveying a sense of love and tenderness.

3. **Panagia:** The term "Panagia" means "All Holy" in Greek, and icons with this title emphasize Mary's holiness. She is typically portrayed in regal attire, sometimes with a crown, highlighting her role as the Queen of Heaven.

4. **Oranta:** The Oranta (or "Praying Virgin") depicts Mary in a praying posture with her hands raised in prayer. This type emphasizes her role as an intercessor and mediator between humanity and God.

5. **Theotokos of Vladimir:** This iconic image originated in Byzantium and is known for its tender portrayal of Mary holding the Child close to her cheek. The icon has a distinctive style and has been widely venerated in both the Eastern Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches.

6. **Feasts and Miracles:** Some icons depict specific events or miracles associated with the Virgin Mary, such as the Annunciation, Nativity, or various appearances and intercessions.

7. **Symbolism:** Icons of the Mother of God often incorporate symbolic elements, such as colors, gestures, and inscriptions, to convey theological truths and emphasize Mary's role in salvation history.

Icons of the Mother of God are revered in Christian traditions, and many believers use them as objects of devotion and aids to prayer. They are found in homes, churches, and religious spaces, and their significance extends beyond mere artistic representation to convey profound spiritual and theological meanings.

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