Lot 1538: Post Medieval Russian Icon of Kazanskaya Mother of God
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 19th century AD. A rectangular wooden icon with painted image of Kazanskaya Mother of God (????????? ??????????) covered by a richly decorated silver-coloured metal riza (oklad), a pair of later book mounts with enamel to the upper corners; an inscription to the lower part ???????? ?? (shortcut for The Kazan Most Holy Mother of God); fabric covered reverse. 447 grams, 22.1 x 17.5cm (8 3/4 x 7"). Property of a lady; acquired from a London fine art gallery in the late 1990s. According to the tradition, the icon was found in 1579 in the city of Kazan by a little girl, to whom the Virgin Mary revealed the location. A special church dedicated to the icon was built in Kazan in 1679, but later it had been moved to Moscow and a copy was installed in the new cathedral of Kazan. In 1821 the original icon of Our Lady of Kazan moved again, this time to St. Petersburg, where it was installed in the new Kazan Cathedral in the heart of the city. By this time the icon had become extremely popular and there were nine separate miracle working copies of it around the country. By the middle 19th century, the original icon was encrusted in diamonds, massive emeralds and a gold cover. Like many other religious artefacts, this icon was taken out of Russia during the Bolshevik revolution and nowadays, it is believed that the original is displayed in the Annunciation Cathedral of the Kazan after it was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church by Vatican.
Condition Report: Fine condition.