Lot 395: Russian Christian bronze icon Saint Nicholas with a sword, circa 1700-1800 AD.

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Description: Russian Christian bronze icon Saint Nicholas with a sword, circa 1700-1800 AD. Saint Nikolai of Mozhaisk, or Mikola Mozhaiski, is a Russian variation of the Saint Nikolaus traditions.[1] According to the legend, during the 14th-century siege of Mozhaysk city by Mongols, the residents prayed to Saint Nicholas, who announced himself as a huge figure holding a sword in the right hand and the city of Mozhaisk on the palm of the left hand. After seeing such a frightful vision the Mongols retreated. The grateful citizen erected a wooden monument to Saint Nicholas as he was seen during his announcement.[2] The motive became a popular plot for Russian icons and high-reliefs. Size: 58 x 62 mm; Thickness: 2 mm; Weight: 55.79 g; Condition: All have heavy patina and wear; there are several holes on the sides of the Saint, but it looks like there were made on purpose. Provenance: Ex-Estate of M. Reiniger, Chicago, IL All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
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