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RUSSIAN RELIGIOUS ICON

RUSSIAN RELIGIOUS ICON

AGPTL4019

Early 19th century Russian "Weep not for Me, Mother" religious icon finely painted in oil with exceptional detail depicting the Mother of God praying over the Jesus figure lying in a tomb surrounded by six saints and apostles. Highly detailed brass revetment or oklad, the metal covering, in ornate bas relief. The Virgin figure with an elaborate pierced corona or halo that extends beyond the frame.
Oklads created to protect icon paintings from soot of candles burning in front of them. The wealthier the patron, the more ornate they were. Over the centuries, the oklad became increasingly exquisite, to the point that many oklads were more valuable than the painting itself. The oklad tradition evolved and was cherished, reflecting Russian cultural and spiritual history. The use of oklads represented Russian piety and holiness. An oklad is an expression of love and veneration for the sacred image and often given as thanks for prayers answered.

21.5”h x 16”w x 1.5”d

Russia, early 19th C.

Price: $4,200
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