Antique Mary And Jesus Riza Icon

Antique Mary And Jesus Riza Icon

Item No. IC00207a01

Regular Price: $2,850.00

Special Price $1,995.00

This antique (circa mid-18th century) Russian Orthodox Icon of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus Christ was hand painted on a slab of wood by the egg-yolk tempera, a well-known technique used in Russian Orthodox iconography from ancient times. Once the wonderful religion icons were beautifully painted on the wood, this icon received a silver-plated copper top that is indicative of the traditional riza (oklad) designs still famous in Russia today....Read More Below. The icon measures Approximately 12 1/4 inches in length, 10 1/2 inches in width, and is 1 inch thick.

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The silver-plated copper top has been masterfully decorated with intricate designs by skilled artists. There are cut-outs to display the faces of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus, and a layer of the riza has been bent to create a three dimentional halo that encompasses both of their heads. This riza overlay is attached to the wood with the original nails. This three dimensional feature is truly unique for antique icons. Usually these icons are constructed in two dimensions with relief work, but this icon is different and rare. This icon also has two parallel pins to prevent the wood from warping, this technique has been used since the 15th century in wood working in Russia. Lastly, the back of this icon displays a sticker from the Soviet Ministry of Culture of the former Soviet Union (CCCP). This sticker essentially gives permission to the owner to remove the historic icon from Russia on March 25, 1974. This vintage antique icon has been around for a long time, and it has been through a lot, but it still looks great.

Additional Information

Additional Information

CategoryIcons & Crosses
MaterialMetallic, Wood
# of PiecesNo
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