Lot 1550: Post Medieval Russian Baptismal Icon with Saint Zenaida
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Late 19th century AD. A rectangular wooden icon with tempera painted image of Saint Zenaida (???????), with silver riza, legend above, stamped '??' and '84', ribbed loop above. 21 grams, 51 x 40mm (2 x 1 3/4"). Property of a lady; acquired from a London fine art gallery in the late 1990s. Saint Zenaida was born into a highly educated Jewish family, living in the district of Tarsus, in the early first century. Together with her sister Philonella, they were cousins of the Apostle Paul and after their conversions to Christianity, both sisters studied medicine. They moved to Thessaly, where they built a small home for themselves, a chapel, and a clinic for the poor. Philonella focused on experimental cures, whereas Zenaida seems to have shown in interest in what would today be termed child development and psychology. She recognised depression and other psychiatric illnesses and concerned herself with their causes and cures.
Condition Report: Fine condition.