St. George killing a dragon, handmade icon painted and sculptured on Ivory. Late 19th Century.
St. George is displayed on the back of a horse killing a dragon. Late 19th C. (1870-1880)
The icon is in excellent condition.
Size: 12x8 closed, 12x15 opened cm. 4.7x3 closed, 4.7x6 opened inch.
St. George was a soldier of Cappadocian Greek origins, member of the Praetorian Guard for Roman emperor Diocletian, who was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith. He became one of the most venerated saints and megalo-martyrs in Christianity, and he has been especially venerated as a military saint since the Crusades.
In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalized in the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. His memorial, Saint George's Day, is traditionally celebrated on 23 April.
England, Ethiopia, Georgia, the Spanish region of Catalonia and several other nation states, cities, universities, professions and organizations all claim Saint George as their patron.